Louisville: Man in custody after shooting Breonna Taylor protest

A suspect was arrested after a fatal shooting at a protest in Louisville, Kentucky, for the murder of Breonna Taylor, police said.

The suspect, who has not been identified, has been hospitalized and is being interviewed by investigators, police chief Robert Schroeder told reporters.

One person died in the shooting on Saturday. The victim was Tyler Gerth, 27, from Louisville.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said the shooting was “difficult to understand”.

The sniper opened fire at the edge of the protest area in Jefferson Square Park at around 9 pm on Saturday, Fischer said, “resulting in several people firing guns and chaos.”

The shooter who started the incident was injured, he added.

CCTV footage released by police showed a man on the edge of the square lifting what appeared to be a firearm and shooting repeatedly at the crowd after a confrontation.

The crowd in the park was protesting the death of Taylor, a black emergency medical technician who died when police raided her home on March 13.

Louisville police chief Schroeder said at a news conference on Sunday that the suspect had participated in the Louisville protests and had been arrested several times during the previous weeks for disorderly conduct.

Other suspects were asked by other protesters to leave the park because of their disruptive behavior, Schroeder said.

Fischer said he was “deeply saddened” by the violence. “It is a tragedy that this area of ​​peaceful protests is now a crime scene,” he said.

What happened to Breonna Taylor?

Taylor was at home in bed in Louisville on March 13, when police entered his apartment just after midnight. The policemen were executing the so-called security warrant, which allows the police to enter the house without notice.

Taylor’s boyfriend, who has a gun license, fired shots during the incident, later saying that he thought there were intruders in the house. Ms Taylor died after being

Image shows Breonna Taylor
Source: BBC

No medication was found on the property. A lawsuit filed by the Taylor family says the officers were not looking for their partner, but for an unrelated suspect who did not live in the compound and was already in custody.

Taylor’s name was featured prominently in global demonstrations against racism, triggered by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, with calls for the police who broke into the apartment to be arrested.

The city has since banned the use of warrants, and legislation to ban them across the country has been introduced in the US Congress.

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