2 US policemen shot by protesters, one detained
Published: 10:37 PM, 24 September 2020 Updated: 10:38 PM, 24 September 2020
Two Louisville police officers have been shot during protests on Wednesday night amid a grand jury's decision on not to bring charges against the police officers who shot and killed Breonna Taylor.
The incidents happened at First Street and Broadway, an intersection several blocks from the center of protests — Jefferson Square Park.
Authorities identified the suspect Thursday as Larynzo Johnson, 26, who was taken into custody after the shooting. A police citation accuses Johnson of firing multiple times at officers with a handgun.
“Two officers with LMPD were struck by the bullets causing serious physical injury,” the citation says. “The listed subject was seen by witnesses firing a handgun at officers and running from the scene.”
The shooting was captured on video and allegedly shows Johnson shooting at the officers, according to the citation. He was in possession of a gun when he was arrested.
“I am very concerned about the safety of our officers,” Robert J. Schroeder, the Louisville police chief, said at an earlier news conference. “Obviously, we’ve had two officers shot tonight, and that is very serious; it’s a very dangerous condition.”
US President Donald Trump tweeted supporting injured policemen which reads, “Praying for the two police officers that were shot tonight in Louisville, Kentucky.”
Ms. Taylor, 26, a black hospital worker, was shot six times as three officers raided her home on 13 March. But, a grand jury of Louisville city returned only one minor charge against one of the officers, for shots which hit a neighbouring apartment.