LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Two police officers were shot Wednesday night during downtown protests that erupted after a grand jury’s decision not to charge the officers who shot and killed Breonna Taylor. Only one of the officers involved was charged, with wanton endangerment.
About a half-hour before the city’s 9 p.m. curfew, two Louisville Metro police officers were shot while responding to a report of a large crowd and gunfire, interim Police Chief Robert Schroeder said at a news conference. Their injuries were not considered life-threatening.
Authorities identified the suspect Thursday as Larynzo Johnson, 26, who was taken into custody after the shooting. A police citation accuses Johnson of firing multiple times at officers with a handgun.
“Two officers with LMPD were struck by the bullets causing serious physical injury,” the citation says. “The listed subject was seen by witnesses firing a handgun at officers and running from the scene.”
The shooting was captured on video and allegedly shows Johnson shooting at the officers, according to the citation. He was in possession of a gun when he was arrested.
The shooting happened at First Street and Broadway, an intersection several blocks from the center of protests — Jefferson Square Park.