World Suspect Who Shot Lousiville Police Officers at Breonna Taylor Protest Identified As Larynzo Johnson
What happened to Breonna Taylor?
The 26-year-old was killed by police in her Louisville home, sparking protests and calls for justice.Her family sued the city for the death and reached a multi-million dollar settlement, which included several major police reforms. But they, alongside social justice advocates, are still demanding criminal charges for the three officers who fired the shots.
Two Louisville police officers are expected to survive the injuries they suffered after they were shot during protests Wednesday evening, and a suspect in the shooting was identified.
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"She was not a threat to any of those officers, yet she paid for their negligence with her life," Loralei HoJay told "Newsweek."Queensland stadiums to welcome up to 2000 spectators
One suspect in the shooting, identified as 26-year-old Larynzo Johnson, was taken into custody Wednesday night. The shooting is under investigation, and Louisville Chief of Police Robert Schroeder said it was too early to say whether the shooter was a protest participant or what his motive might have been. The weapon used in the shooting was a handgun, but how it was obtained was also part of the ongoing investigation, Schroeder said.
The Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) said the two officers, identified during a Thursday morning press conference as Major Aubrey Gregory and Officer Robinson Desroches, were shot at around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday near Broadway and South Brook Street. Gregory, whom Schroeder said has been with the department since 1999, was treated at a local hospital for a wound to his leg and released. Desroches, who joined the department last year, was shot in the abdomen and was expected to recover after undergoing "significant surgeries," Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said.
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The shooting followed moments of civil unrest and arrests following the announcement of criminal indictments facing one of three officers involved in Taylor's death.Fallon Glick of WDRB News reported in a tweet Wednesday evening that MetroSafe, the local emergency services hotline, confirmed that a police officer was shot at Brook and Broadway. The intersection is just a few blocks away from where protesters had gathered outside of the Louis D. Brandeis Hall of Justice, a court building.
Schroeder said Gregory was commanding the special operations division Wednesday night at the time of the shooting. Gregory has been one of the department's leaders in responding to protests over the last several months, Schroeder said.
"It's been a very emotional time for our officers and our city," Schroeder said.
Federal Bureau of Investigation Louisville is assisting in the investigation and has asked witnesses to submit any videos they may have of the shooting.
In addition to the injuries Gregory and Desroches suffered, at least two sergeants were injured in Wednesday night's protests and another was spit upon, Schroeder said.
Newsweek reached out to LMPD for further comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.
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State Representative Attica Scott, who is the only Black woman in the Kentucky General Assembly, was arrested alongside her teenage daughter Thursday evening in the district she represents. In addition to two misdemeanor counts of unlawful assembly and failure to disperse, Scott was charged with first-degree rioting—a Class D felony and potential threat to her seat in the state legislature. Scott responded to the arrest Sunday during a protest following last week's grand jury decision not to indict the officers involved in the fatal shooting of Taylor, 26, last March.