Louisville’s mayor said Friday that one of three police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor will be fired.
Mayor Greg Fisher said interim Louisville police Chief Robert Schroeder has started termination proceedings for Officer Brett Hankison. Two other officers remain on administrative reassignment while the shooting is investigated.
Fischer said officials could not answer questions about the firing because of state law. He referred all questions to the Jefferson County attorney’s office.
On March 13, 2020, Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman who was an emergency medical technician, was fatally shot by Louisville Metro Police Department officers.
Three LMPD officers forced entry into her apartment in Louisville, Kentucky, under the authority of a search warrant. Gunfire was exchanged between Breonna’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker and the officers. Kenneth said he believed that the officers were intruders. The LMPD officers fired over twenty shots. Breonna was shot eight times and LMPD sergeant Mattingly was injured by gunfire. Another police officer and an LMPD lieutenant were on the scene when the warrant was executed.
The LMPD investigation was searching for two people who were already in police custody and suspected of selling controlled substances from a drug house more than 10 miles away. One of the people in custody, Jamarcus Glover, had a prior relationship with Breonna. The search warrant included Breonna’s residence because it was suspected of receiving drugs in the case and because a car registered to Breonna had been seen parked on several occasions in front of Glover’s house.
No drugs were found in the apartment.
Kenneth was licensed to carry a firearm and fired first, injuring a law enforcement officer, whereupon police returned fire into the apartment with more than 20 rounds. According to a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the police by the Taylor family’s attorney, the officers entered the home without knocking or announcing that they were police officers, and allegedly opened fire “with a total disregard for the value of human life.”