Breonna Taylor is a name that will be remembered for years to come. The emergency medical worker was at home with her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, on March 13 when three police officers executed a search warrant at her apartment. Members of the Louisville Metro Police Department have insisted that the purpose of the warrant was to locate Taylor's ex-boyfriend, Jamarcus Glover, who had been accused of engaging in criminal activity.
Despite Glover being miles away, officers moved into Taylor's apartment in the late hours of the night. Unaware of who was moving into the apartment, Walker reached for his legal firearm and fired one shot to scare off those who were entering. One of the officers executing the warrant, Sergeant John Mattingly, was hit with a bullet in his thigh. In response, officers fired multiple shots that wounded and ultimately killed Taylor.
Until recently, state authorities had suggested that Walker's single shot hit Mattingly and justified the use of deadly force in response. However, a new ballistics report now contradicts Attorney General Daniel Cameron's assertion that Walker shot Mattingly in the thigh. The report states that the shot fired by Walker was "neither identified nor eliminated as having been fired" from his weapon "due to the limited markings of comparative value."
Previously, Cameron had dismissed the idea that Mattingly had been hit by friendly fire. He explained that the three officers were carrying .40 caliber handguns, while Walker had a 9-mm handgun. However, Walker's attorney, Steve Romines, has refuted that claim by telling CNN that he obtained a report that indicates former officer Brett Hankinson had a 9-mm as well.
Cameron has not responded to the most recent report. He said at a recent press conference that he is prohibited from making public statements regarding the case that may sway public opinion.
"As long as the case is making its way through our legal system, I can only speak in general terms about our independent investigation and findings."
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