Suspect arrested in connection to woman’s death from Breckenridge Lane shooting

Police say the suspect and the victim have a child in common.
Published: Jan. 24, 2023 at 8:07 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 25, 2023 at 1:53 PM EST
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - An arrest has been made in connection to a woman’s death from a shooting in Louisville.

Brendan L. Bell, 21, of Louisville, was taken into custody on a charge of murder-domestic violence after a shooting around 6:30 p.m. January 24 in the 3300 block of Breckenridge Lane. Bell was booked into Louisville Metro Corrections and is scheduled to be arraigned January 26.

When Louisville Metro police officers arrived at the scene they found a woman with multiple gunshot wounds. She was then taken to the University of Louisville Hospital, where she later died.

The arrest report for Bell says arriving officers saw him toss a gun across the parking lot. The gun, a 9mm Glock 19, was recovered. Police also found 9mm shell casings at the scene.

The report goes on to say that a witness saw Bell and the woman in a fight before the shooting and saw Bell pull out the gun and threaten the victim before firing and hitting her multiple times.

After the shooting, the report says Bell made several statements to police that he had fired the shots and shouldn’t have pulled the gun out.

Police say Bell made several spontaneous statements on camera, including admitting to the shooting: “I shouldn’t even have pulled it out,” “I’m wrong, nothing right about what I did,” and “You see the blood on me, obviously I’m the person who did it.”

The name of the woman killed has not been released. She and Bell have a two-month-old child in common, according to the police report.

“I’m still feeling like it’s not real. But I know it is,” a neighbor said. “Her daughter was just playing with my daughter maybe an hour before it happened.”

CEO of the Center For Women and families Elizabeth Wessels-Martin said this is the 1st domestic violence death of the year in Louisville, coming off one of the worst years she’s ever seen. 2021 reached a record 20 domestic violence related deaths.

“Often times what we find when people call and we have these conversations, is they don’t realize I’ve been in an abusive relationship. We as a society tend to equate abusive relationships with physical abuse. It’s abusive long before then,” Wessels- Martin said. ”If you know somebody is in a situation like that, have a conversation with them. Ask them what can I do to support you. Don’t ask why they don’t leave. Nobody knows better than a victim when the right time is to leave. It’s a process, it’s not an event.

Wessels-Martin said signs of an abusive behavior are not always physical. Other examples can include when your partner is putting you down, calling you names, or threatening you. One strategy Wessels-Martin recommends is to create a code word; then send or say the word when you need help.

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