Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical technician (EMT), was shot and killed by Louisville Metro Police on March 13 shortly after they served a no-knock warrant at her apartment where she and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, were sleeping.
Walker, who shot at what his lawyer said he believed to be intruders, has been charged with the attempted murder of a police officer.
Sgt. John Mattingly, who took a bullet to his femoral artery, is expected to make a full recovery, according to a press conference from LMPD Police Chief Steve Conrad. Walker is currently under home incarceration, while the officers involved — Mattingly, Det. Myles Cosgrove and Det. Brett Hankison — have all been placed on administrative leave.
Lawyers for Taylor’s family have said Taylor’s death was the result of a botched raid and the situation is now being investigated by the LMPD’s Public Integrity Unit. Months after the shooting, new details have emerged about how and why the raid on Taylor’s home was done.
Taylor Was Not the Target of LMPD’s Investigation
According to USA Today, Taylor was not listed as the main target of the drug investigation, although she was listed on the warrant. The search warrant used to enter Taylor’s home listed Jamarcus Glover and Adrian Walker as the suspects in their investigation; police believed Glover was using Taylor’s home to receive mail and hide drugs and money.
In an affidavit from Det. Joshua C. Jaynes, Jaynes said Glover and a 27-year-old Adrian Walker had both been spotted at a confirmed drug house on the 2400 block of Elliot Ave., WHAS-11 reported and observed making trips to and from Taylor’s apartment.
Kenneth Walker is not listed in the report as a relative or otherwise associate of the two targets, according to WHAS-11.
On the same night that police executed the search warrant on Taylor’s home, another search warrant was used to enter a different home which, USA Today reported, led to the seizure of suspected crack cocaine and marijuana as well as drugs; Glover was arrested at a different address on the same night police entered Taylor’s home.
Neither Taylor nor her boyfriend had a criminal history or …read more