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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — After months of refusing to release Breonna Taylor's autopsy report, the Jefferson County Coroner's Office made the document publicly available Friday afternoon.
And now we know exactly how she died.
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Attorney General Daniel Cameron said Wednesday just one of the six shots that struck Taylor was fatal, but he did not explain which it was or why it would have been mortal.
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The autopsy report shows a bullet struck near Taylor's heart, tearing through her main pulmonary artery connecting her heart and lungs, and the lower lobe of her left lung.
FBI's ballistics lab indicated Louisville Metro Police Detective Myles Cosgrove fired that fatal shot. A state ballistics test was inconclusive.
Other bullets struck her forearm, thigh, abdomen, foot and right heel.
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Jefferson County Coroner Barbara Weakley-Jones told The Courier Journal in July Taylor's injuries could not be survived, something Cameron reiterated Wednesday.
"If she had even been outside of an emergency room department at a hospital, and she got shot and sustained the same injury, they would not have been able to save her," Weakley-Jones said then. "… So there's no way that even if they (police) ran to her and tried to give her aid, they can't do anything because it's all internal injuries that you can't stop."
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As previously reported by The Courier Journal, the autopsy report shows that there was "no evidence of medical treatment" for Taylor. She was dead by the time EMS workers reached her.
However, police and EMS on scene would not have known the extent of Taylor's injuries. And dispatch logs show Taylor lay untouched in her hallway after being shot for more than 20 minutes.
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Additionally, the toxicology report shows Taylor died without drugs or alcohol in her system — contradicting social media rumors accusing Taylor of being a drug dealer, despite the fact she had no criminal record of drug offenses.
The Courier Journal had previously requested the autopsy report in May. The Coroner's Office denied the request, citing an ongoing investigation. The Attorney General's Office upheld that denial.
But Wednesday, a grand jury indicted one of the three officers who fired their weapons at Taylor's apartment March 13. Former detective Brett Hankison faces three counts of wanton endangerment for firing shots that penetrated a neighboring apartment.
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Hankison was fired in June for recklessly firing into Taylor's apartment with no clear line of sight and hitting a couple of adjoining apartments.
Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Cosgrove were not charged at all. They remain on administrative reassignment pending an internal investigation for possible department policy violations.
Kenyatta Hicks live streams Jefferson Square Park on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in downtown Louisville. Hicks felt compelled to come to the park because he can't stop thinking about Breonna Taylor. "She's just on my mind," Hicks said.
Protesters clash with an armed group wearing "Oathkeepers" insignia in downtown Louisville on Thursday evening. Sept. 24, 2020.
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About one-hundred people held a peaceful protest at Union Square in Manhattan Sept. 24, 2020, one day after a grand jury charged only one officer for shooting into a neighboring apartment in the case of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky. The protestors held signs calling for justice for Taylor and as well as calling for defunding the police.
Tanesha Grant of Manhattan led about one-hundred people in a peaceful protest at Union Square in Manhattan Sept. 24, 2020, one day after a grand jury charged only one officer for shooting into a neighboring apartment in the case of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky. The protestors held signs calling for justice for Taylor and as well as calling for defunding the police.
Black women of Oakland gather to speak out against the police killing of Breonna Taylor and Black women, in Oakland, Calif., on Sept. 24, 2020. Outrage over a grand jury's failure to bring homicide charges against the officers who burst into Taylor's apartment six months ago set off a new round of demonstrations in several American cities.
Protesters open a vellum paper with the name of 622 people who were victims of police brutally, as they demonstrate in front of the Hall of Justice in Los Angeles, on Sept. 23, 2020, following a decision on the Breonna Taylor case in Louisville, Ky.
(From right) Malik Sadler, 11, his sister Jazlin Sadler, 11, and father Jashaun Sadler hold candles during a vigil and memorial for Breonna Taylor outside of the Teaneck Municipal Building on Wednesday, September 23, 2020.
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Demonstrators gathered on Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis to protest the charging decision in Breonna Taylor's case on Wednesday, September 23, 2020.
A hand-full of Black Lives Matter supporters protest the charges filed against former Louisville police officer Brett Hankison involved in the Breonna Taylor shooting on Sept. 23, 2020, in front of the Brown County Courthouse in Green Bay, Wis. No charges have been filed linked to Breonna Taylor's death. "I think it's bullsh*t that they are charging the man for shooting into neighbors houses instead of killing someone," John Gary, right, said. "They aren't holding these police officers accountable."
Protesters march across the Manhattan Bridge, Sept. 23, 2020, in New York, following a Kentucky grand jury's decision not to indict any police officers for the killing of Breonna Taylor.
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Protesters march on Gallatin Ave. past the East Nashville Library on the way downtown, Sept. 23, 2020 in Nashville, Tenn. The protest was in response to a Louisville grand jury decision about the fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor.
Demonstrators march along Constitution Avenue in protest following a Kentucky grand jury decision in the Breonna Taylor case on Sept. 23, 2020 in Washington, DC. A Kentucky grand jury indicted one police officer involved in the shooting of Breonna Taylor with 3 counts of wanton endangerment. No officers were indicted on charges in connection to Taylor's death.
Demonstrators embrace each other after hearing the Grand Jury verdict on September 23, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky. Protesters marched in the streets after the Kentucky Grand Jury verdict indicts 1 of 3 officers involved in the killing of Breonna Taylor, who was fatally shot by Louisville Metro Police officers during a no-knock warrant at her apartment onMarch 13, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky.
Protesters gather at Barclays Center, Sept. 23, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York, following a Kentucky grand jury's decision not to indict any police officers for the killing of Breonna Taylor.
Demonstrators hold up images of Breonna Taylor as they rally in front of the U.S. Department of Justice in protest following a Kentucky grand jury decision in the Breonna Taylor case on Sept. 23, 2020 in Washington, DC.
This article originally appeared on Louisville Courier Journal: Breonna Taylor's autopsy report reveals how Louisville police shots killed her
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