Two Louisville officers shot as protests devolve into gunfire: Reports

Protests erupted in Louisville, Kentucky on Wednesday after it was announced that none of the three officers involved in the March death of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor during a late-night drug raid would be criminally charged.

The unrest resulted in two Louisville Metro Police Department officers being shot while attempting to maintain control over the city’s downtown area. Thankfully, both officers sustained only non-life-threatening injuries and are expected to recover from their wounds, the Louisville Courier Journal reported.

Officers down

It was first announced Wednesday afternoon by Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron that an investigation proved none of the three officers involved were directly responsible for Taylor’s death.

One officer is, however, facing charges of “wanton endangerment” for firing blindly into Taylor’s apartment as well as two other nearby residences, as The Washington Post notes.

Unsurprisingly, the news left protesters outraged at what they viewed as a travesty of injustice — and the situation in the city rapidly devolved throughout the day as protesters and police clashed repeatedly, a situation that only grew tenser as night fell.

Gunshots rang out around 8:30 p.m., according to The Washington Post, and word immediately spread that at least one police officer had been hit.

A second victim was confirmed a short time later.

“Very serious”

During a press conference late Wednesday night, LMPD interim chief Robert Schroeder confirmed that two of his officers had been shot, one in the abdomen below his bulletproof vest, and the other in the upper thigh, the Courier Journal reported.

Shroeder indicated that both are expected to survive.

“I am very concerned about the safety of our officers,” Schroeder told reporters, according to the Courier Journal. “Obviously we’ve had two officers shot tonight, and that is very serious… I think the safety of our officers and the community we serve is of the utmost importance.”

The suspected shooter was taken into custody shortly after the shooting occurred. According to CBS News, he has been identified as 26-year-old Larynzo Johnson. According to the arrest citation, police obtained video evidence showing Johnson intentionally firing directly at officers, striking the pair who were injured.

He now faces two charges of assault on a police officer as well as multiple charges of wanton endangerment for firing indiscriminately into the crowd of police and protesters and media that were all out and about in the area.

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