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Facts: What we know about the shooting death of Breonna Taylor


WAVE 3 News is committed to fair, truthful and thorough reporting.

The recent case of a deadly shooting by LMPD officers has gained national attention, and locally, many on social media are making varied claims about the case, and about the way local media have covered it. So we want to share a list of facts that we have confirmed, and answer some questions rooted in inaccurate social media posts by some members of the local community.

First, a note on our own coverage. Our resources and attention have been focused on the current global health emergency. As we’ve learned more about this case, we are dedicating additional resources to it and will continue to do so.

  • LMPD officers went to the home of Breonna Taylor on Springfield Drive on March 13 to serve a warrant related to a drug trafficking investigation.
  • LMPD officials described that warrant as a “no-knock warrant,” meaning the officers were not required to announce themselves upon arriving at Taylor’s home, but they did anyway. Taylor’s family and attorneys dispute that the officers announced themselves.
  • A shootout ensued between a suspect inside the home -- Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker -- and the LMPD officers. One LMPD officer was struck, and three of them fired back. The officer who was struck was not seriously injured.
  • Taylor was shot multiple times and died during the shootout. Walker, who also was struck but has since recovered, has been charged with attempted murder of a police officer.
  • Three LMPD officers -- Jon Mattingly, Brent Hankinson and Myles Cosgrove -- were all placed on administrative assignment, per department protocol.
  • There is no officer body-camera video of the incident.
  • Police fired shots from the outside into the apartment through closed blinds.
  • Another suspect named in the warrant, Jamarcus Glover, was arrested at another location a short time before the police shootout at Taylor’s home, according to the citation.
  • Breonna Taylor was not armed.
  • Taylor’s family has filed a civil lawsuit that states Walker thought someone was breaking into the apartment, and that’s why he fired back.
  • Attorneys for Taylor said neither Taylor nor Walker had a history of drugs or violence.

And here are some responses to several inaccuracies the WAVE 3 News team has seen being passed around social media:

  • Statement: Police had the wrong address
    Fact: Taylor’s correct address was on the warrant, including her apartment number and pictures of the outside of her apartment and patio.
  • Statement: Breonna Taylor’s name wasn’t on the warrant
    Fact: Breonna Taylor’s name was one of three peopled named in the warrant, which included her date of birth.
  • Statement: Police should have knocked and announced themselves before entering the home
    Fact: The warrant was a “no-knock” warrant, meaning officers were not required to announce themselves before making entry.
  • Statement: Breonna Taylor was shot while sleeping in her bedroom
    Fact: She was not asleep and was shot in the hallway outside of her bedroom when police returned fire, according to police records.
  • Statement: Police already had a suspect in custody
    Fact: One person related to the drug trafficking investigation, Jamarcus Glover, was arrested at a different location on the same date, but at least two more people, possibly three, named in the warrant were at Taylor’s home at the time of the shootout.