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KY AG Cameron makes announcement on Breonna Taylor Case

Following the Jefferson County Grand Jury announcement of 3 counts of wanton endangerment against LMPD Officer Brett Haskins, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron made an announcement in regards to his findings.

He stated that three officers discharged their weapons at Breonna Taylors's apartment on March 13. Cameron said that an independent witness at the apartments that night verified that the police did knock on the door and announce their presence. It was not a no-knock warrant that was carried out that evening.

When no one responded to the door, the officers used force to open the apartment door. Cameron stated that Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly entered first and upon entering confronted two individuals standing in the hallway of the apartment. The male had his arms extended with a gun in his hands. The male, Kenneth Walker, fired upon and hit Sgt. Mattingly. At that time, Mattingly returned fire six times. Officer Myles Cosgrove, who had entered behind Mattingly also returned fire on Walker, Cameron stated.

Officer Brett Haskins was outside the apartment and fired through a sliding glass door and window 10 times. Cameron said that his investigation found that Mattingly and Cosgrove were justified by Kentucky law to return fire upon Walker once he fired upon the officers. Since they were determined to be justified in returning fire Kentucky law prohibits the pursuit of criminal charges against them, Cameron explained. Haskins being outside the apartment and firing through curtains with out clear site led to his charges of wanton endangerment, as his shots entered neighboring apartments. Cameron says that each count is a class D felony which carries up to 5 years for each count. He stressed that all are assumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.