Recent court documents from the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office show that investigators found two shells in and near Breonna Taylor’s Louisville apartment after a police raid ended her death.
The office of Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron disclosed its findings in court documents this week in a criminal case against the dismissed Louisville Metro Police Officer Brett Hankison (Brett Hankison). Hankison was the only Louisville police officer involved in the attack.
Cameron’s office pointed out that the existence of the shell shell is well documented, which means it is beneficial to Hankison.
Authorities investigating Taylor’s death mentioned these special long rifle cartridge cases for the first time.
Court documents show that Taylor’s sister found a shell shell behind the storage box in Taylor’s bedroom, while a man who visited the apartment building on the day of the shooting found another in the parking lot several hours later.
The one-page document does not explain why the shells are beneficial to Hankison’s defense.
Court documents show that both FBI shells are “used for testing.” According to officials and previous reports, Taylor, 26, was fatally hit by police on March 13. She broke her door while delivering the warrant.
The top lawyer of the Commonwealth did not mention these two cases at a press conference announcing the indictment against Hankison in September.
Hankison was fired from the Louisville Metro Police Station in June, accused of blindly shooting into an apartment, endangering Taylor’s neighbors.
His lawyer, Stewart Matthews, told WDRB-TV in Louisville that he did not know the source of the shell.
Matthews said that he didn’t know “any importance” to them.
Cameron had previously stated that the personnel at the scene fired 32 shots, all from pistols. Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker fired a pistol, wounding the sergeant. Jonathan Mattingly is on his lap. Mattingly exchanged fire with another officer, Myles Cosgrove, and slammed Taylor five times. Cameron said that the shot Hankison shot did not hit Taylor.
Walker had previously filed a lawsuit against the Louisville police. On Friday, Mattingly filed a counterclaim for his injuries during the raid.
Officials involved in BREONNA TAYLOR filed a lawsuit against those who called “murders”
In counterclaiming Walker’s lawsuit, Martin Gurley stated that he suffered “batteries, beatings and emotional distress” because of Walker. Walker told investigators that he shot because he didn’t know the police were at the door and he thought the intruder was breaking in.
The official’s lawyer, Kent Wicker, said in a press release: “I was shot by Kenneth Walker and almost killed.” “He has the right and should go through legal procedures for Walker to cause him. Seek remedy for the injury.”
Mattingly asserted in court documents that he and Cosgrove were protected from prosecution because they performed “good faith discretionary acts” as police officers. Mattingly requested that Walker’s claims against him be dismissed.
Earlier this month, Martin Lee said in his first interview with the news media that Taylor “should not die” in the attack.
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In the counterclaim, Mattingly stated that when the door was broken, he saw “Walker standing, raising the gun, in the shooting position”, and then he shot Mattingly in his lap. The counterclaim claimed that after the shooting, “Walker fell to the ground and hid himself to avoid being hit by any bullets.”
It said: “Unfortunately, Ms. Brona Taylor, who had been by Walker’s side, was hit by the returning gunshots and died of injuries.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.