Two Louisville police officers were shot Wednesday night during a protest over the Kentucky grand jury’s decision earlier in the day that none of the officers involved in the death of Breonna Taylor will be held accountable.
As many took to the streets to express their anger, the two officers were shot after being called to a downtown Louisville intersection to investigate reports of a shooting, Interim Louisville Police Chief Robert Schroeder said in a press conference late Wednesday.
The officers were rushed to the hospital and one officer is in surgery, and the other is alert and in stable condition, according to the Courier-Journal.
Schroeder said one suspect is in custody, but did not identify him or say whether he was involved in the protests, USA Today reports.
“I’m very concerned about the safety of our officers. The safety of our officers and the community we serve is of the utmost importance,” Schroeder said, according to the outlet.
Protests erupted across Louisville and the rest of the county as soon as the grand jury decision in the Taylor case came down Wednesday.
Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT and aspiring nurse, was shot to death by police officers while sleeping in the bedroom of her Louisville, Kentucky, apartment on March 13.
None of the three officers involved in the shooting death of Taylor — Det. Miles Cosgrove, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and former detective Brett Hankison — were charged with the fatal shooting.
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