2 Louisville Police Officers Shot After Charges In Breonna Taylor Case Spark Protests

By Vanessa Romo NPR

Updated at 5:20 a.m. ET Thursday

Two Louisville Metropolitan Police officers have been shot as protesters marched to demand justice for Breonna Taylor following a limited indictment by a Jefferson County grand jury.

The officers were fired on after responding to a separate “shots fired call” at about 8:30 p.m. ET, Chief Robert Schroeder said in a brief press conference Wednesday evening.

One suspect has been taken into custody, Schroeder said.

One officer is in stable condition, while the other is undergoing surgery. Schroeder noted “they are both non-threatening injuries.”

No names have been released.

The chief said that under the tense circumstances following the indictment by the grand jury Wednesday, he is “very concerned for the safety of [his] officers.”

Hundreds of protesters swiftly began demonstrations calling for justice for Breonna Taylor after a grand jury decided to indict just one of the three Louisville Metropolitan Police officers who fired nearly two dozen bullets into her apartment, killing the 26-year-old during a no-knock raid.

City and state officials, who have been expecting a decision from the grand jury all week after months of outrage and anticipation, were braced for widespread protests, preemptively calling for reinforcements from the National Guard.

Additionally, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer ordered a countywide curfew from 9 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. for 72 hours.

Protests took place across the country, in New York, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Las Vegas and Chicago, according to The Associated Press. Police in Portland, Ore., declared a riot and ordered streets cleared after protesters gathered a police building in the city.

In Louisville, protesters largely gathered at Jefferson Square Park but by about 8 p.m. most had been dispersed by Louisville police officers who declared an unlawful assembly and appeared to release flash grenades into the remaining crowds, the Courier Journal reported.

Some demonstrators had set some trash fires in the streets, and others set the boards on the Hall of Justice aflame.

At least one group dressed in camouflage and carrying long guns was seen walking through the streets.

Protests also took place

The Jefferson County grand jury indicted former detective Brett Hankison on three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment over shooting into neighboring apartments.

But the grand jury declined to bring charges against Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and detective Myles Cosgrove, who shot six and 16 times respectively.

The state attorney general said an FBI investigation concluded that Cosgrove fired the shots that killed Taylor.

This is a developing story. Some things reported by the media will later turn out to be wrong. We will focus on reports from officials and other authorities, credible news outlets and reporters who are at the scene. We will update as the situation develops

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