Police in Louisville, Kentucky severely botched a no-knock search warrant – and the mistake was costly. Police forced their way in surprising the woman and her boyfriend who thought the police were burglars.
Police with the Louisville Metro Police Department say they “announced their presence as police officers who were there with a search warrant” but were met with return fire when they entered the home. However, the warrant they were were granted was a no-knock warrant that does not require the police identify themselves.
The man, 27-year-old “Walker”, says he and his girlfriend, 26-year-old Breonna Taylor, were asleep in their bedroom and woke when the door burst in. He says they thought the police were robbers and he grabbed a nearby gun. He fired at the officers who returned fire killing the woman. The man says three officers were “blindly firing” more than 20 shots inside the apartment.
Taylor, a licensed EMT, was shot eight times by officers. The man was arrested and charged with assault and attempted murder on a police officer.
The home that was the true target of the raid was located more than 10 miles away from the apartment.