Shooting of Breonna Taylor

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On March 13, 2020, Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old African-American emergency medical technician, was fatally shot by Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) officers.

Three LMPD officers forced entry into her apartment in Louisville, Kentucky, under the authority of a search warrant for drugs. Gunfire was exchanged between Taylor's boyfriend Kenneth Walker and the officers. Walker said he believed that the officers were intruders. The LMPD officers fired over twenty shots. Taylor was shot eight times[1] and LMPD sergeant Mattingly was injured by gunfire.

Another police officer and an LMPD lieutenant were on the scene when the warrant was executed.[2] No drugs were found in the apartment.

According to a lawsuit filed against the police by the Taylor family's lawyers, the officers entered the home without knocking or announcing that they were police officers.[3]

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  1. Bailey, Tessa Duvall, Darcy Costello and Phillip M. (May 14, 2020). "Senator Kamala Harris demands federal investigation of police shooting of Breonna Taylor in Kentucky". USA TODAY. Archived from the original on 2020-05-13. Retrieved 2020-05-13.
  2. Costello, Darcy (16 May 2020). "Who are the 3 Louisville officers involved in the Breonna Taylor shooting?". Courier Journal. Retrieved 31 May 2020. At least two other police officers, a lieutenant and an officer, were on the scene as a part of executing the warrant that night.
  3. Burke, Minyvonne (May 13, 2020). "Woman shot and killed by Kentucky police who entered wrong home, family says". NBC News. Archived from the original on May 14, 2020. Retrieved May 14, 2020.