At least two Metropolitan law enforcement officers have been shot in Louisville, Kentucky, on Wednesday following angry protests after the officers linked to the March 13th killing of Breonna Taylor, failed to be charged for her murder.
WDRB reported that an officer was shot at the intersection of Brook and Broadway in downtown Louisville just before 8 p.m. Wednesday. The news was later confirmed by LMPD Spokesperson Lamont Washington in an email.
Katrina Helmer, of WDRB-TV, tweeted one of the shootings on Twitter stating an officer had been shot at Brook and Broadway.
OFFICER SHOT: Per MetroSafe, one LMPD Officer has been shot at Brook & Broadway. This is a look outside U of L hospital right now, the ER entrance off Chestnut & Hancock. @WDRBNews #Louisville pic.twitter.com/LFCMr5624O
— Katrina Helmer (@KatrinaWDRB) September 24, 2020
Another report by WKYT a local Kentucy news station, later stated that at least two officers had been shot.
Thus far details remain obscure about the circumstances of the shooting. Although, the condition of the two officers is said to be stable and the suspect is in custody according to WKYT which reported a police statement.
KIRO7 corroberated those reports stating Louisville Metro Police Department Chief Robert Schroeder confirmed at a news conference that two officers shot were in stable condition. Both officers are currently undergoing treatment at the University of Louisville Hospital. Schroeder further described both officers' injuries as non-life-threatening.
The officers were fired on after responding to a separate "shots fired call" at about 8:30 p.m. ET, Chief Schroeder said in a brief press conference.
“Both officers are currently undergoing treatment at University Hospital,” LMPD Interim Chief Rob Schroeder said at a news conference at about 10:15 p.m. Wednesday. “One is alert and stable. One is undergoing surgery and is stable.”
LMPD Police Chief Rob Schroeder is here and giving an update after two officers were shot.
— Heather Fountaine (@WHAS11Heather) September 24, 2020
The Courier Journal reported that one officer was shot in the abdomen below their bulletproof vest and is in surgery, and a second was shot in the thigh, according to sources who discussed the situation with the Journal.
Police report that the suspect is in custody according to WLKY a local news outlet in Kentucky.
No names have been released of the officers injured or the suspect who allegedly shot them.
It's unclear if the shootings were connected to the protests raging against the police murder of Breonna Taylor. Earlier today, a grand jury decided not to charge the police officers involved in the killing of Taylor. However, one news outlet, “FJ News Reporter” alleged that “Louisville Rioters” had shot live rounds at police in a video uploaded to Twitter.
Taylor was shot in March earlier this year after officers raided her home and used a battering ram to remove her front door off its hinges when they suspected the sale of drugs.
Taylor was in bed with her boyfriend Kenneth Walker when the officers entered her property. Walker said he assumed they were victims of a break-in, firing one shot from his pistol. Three officers then returned fire at the couple killing Taylor.
The grand jury charged a police officer over the raid that went wrong and led to the fatal shooting of the Black medical worker.
The grand jury announced wanton endangerment charges against one officer, Brett Hankison. But failed to charge either officer with the murder of Taylor. State prosecutors said two police officers in the raid — Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove — had acted in self-defense and would not be charged.
It's important to note police failed to find any drugs in Taylor's home.
Attorney Ben Crump, who represents Taylor's family, in a statement, called the decision "outrageous and offensive."
"If Hankison's behavior constituted wanton endangerment of the people in the apartments next to hers, then it should also be considered wanton endangerment of Breonna. In fact, it should have been ruled wanton murder," Crump said.
The murder of Taylor and the result is sure to pour gasoline on the ongoing fire of nationwide protests against police brutality and racism.
Hundreds of protesters massed downtown Louisville, chanting: "No justice, no peace!" Elsewhere in other cities rallies gathered with similar messages. According to CNN, police in Louisville made up to 46 arrests as protesters took to the downtown streets, Louisville Police Sgt. Lamont Washington said. It's not known how many were involved in the police shooting.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer ordered a countywide curfew from 9 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. for 72 hours.