Man who had altercation with Elsemere police officer died from gunshot wound

The Hamilton County Coroner's Office has determined the cause of death for a Park Hills, Ky., man who died after an altercation with a police officer Saturday.

Terry Daly, spokesman for the Hamilton County Coroner's Office, said Michael Godawa, 22, died from a gunshot wound to his chest.

Godawa and Elsmere Police officer David Byrd got into the altercation in the parking lot of the Finish Line Bar on Dixie Highway around 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

During the contact, a shot was fired from the officer's gun. Godawa then fled the scene in a vehicle and struck a utility pole at Lytle Avenue and Dixie Highway.

The vehicle continued north, stopping at Main Street and Dixie Highway.

Godawa was transported to University Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Byrd received minor injuries during the altercation and was transported to St. Elizabeth Edgewood where he was treated and released.

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