Fatal Police Shooting-Kentucky

Bianca Austin, center, is shown in March composing herself before making remarks during a vigil in downtown Louisville, Ky., for her niece, Breonna Taylor, who was fatally shot by police inside her home. — Courier Journal Photo via AP/Sam Upshaw

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Kentucky prosecutor is moving to dismiss an attempted murder charge against the boyfriend of Breonna Taylor who shot a police officer as they entered Taylor's home.

Tom Wine, Louisville's top prosecutor, announced Friday that the case needs more investigation and he wants to let state and federal prosecutors finish their inquiries.

"If, after those reviews, we believe that there is sufficient evidence to present this matter to the grand jury, we will do so," Wine said in an online news conference.

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Taylor's boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, had been charged with attempted murder of a police officer for shooting at officers as they served a search warrant. Walker was not injured but Taylor, an Black emergency medical tech, was shot eight times during the March 13 warrant search.

Attention on Taylor's death has intensified this week as Louisville's police chief announced his retirement and the mayor changed some police warrant search policies.

Wine played some of Walker's interview with police during the news conference Friday. Walker told police on the audio recording that he could hear knocking on the night of the shooting but did not hear police announce themselves.

Walker said he was "scared to death" so he grabbed his gun and when the door was knocked down, he fired a shot. He said his intention was to fire a warning shot downward toward the ground. The bullet hit a police detective.

Wine said he also was seeking to dispel some "false information" that has been reported about the case. Wine said he believes that the police knocked and identified themselves despite receiving approval for a "no-knock" warrant. Those warrants allow officers to enter a home without first announcing their presence.

Walker said he heard loud knocking on the door before police entered but said he didn't know who it was.

A lawsuit filed last week by Taylor's family said the officers "spray(ed) gunfire into the residence with a total disregard for the value of human life."

Police said they were returning fire after being shot at. The lawsuit said police had already located the drug suspect they were seeking at a different location before executing the warrant at Taylor's residence.

The Associated Press

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