As emotions ran high during protests following the failure to bring justice to Breonna Taylor’s killers in Louisville, Kentucky, two Louisville Metropolitan Police officers were shot during a demonstration by a man identified as Larynzo Johnson at around 8:40 p.m. ET according to Courier-Journal.
Johnson, a 26-year old Black man, was taken into custody and charged with a plethora of charges including wanton endangerment.
The suspect who shot 2 Louisville officers yesterday is 26-year-ole Larynzo Johnson. Here’s his mug shot and citation doc that describes what happened. @Jerickaduncan will have more on @CBSThisMorning
— Adriana Diaz (@adrianasdiaz) September 24, 2020
The shootings occurred as the police department live-streamed what was happening in the city’s streets. The video shows a chaotic scene of yelling, objects being thrown, and several loud bangs that resulted in officers running.
The footage also detailed what happened the moment shots were fired.
An unidentified woman could be heard yelling as she ran for cover.
“Shots fired, shots fired. Police officers took cover behind a police truck, as well," she was heard screaming."
A few moments later, police were heard shouting, “Officer down.”
Interim Police Chief Rob Schroeder gave an update about the incident during a press conference Wednesday night. He explained officers had been sent to the area to investigate reports of shots being fired. When cops arrived on the scene, two LMPD officers were injured by gunfire.
The officers were taken to University Hospital for treatment. The injuries were not life-threatening.
As tension continues to rise, Chief Schroeder expressed his feelings regarding officer safety.
"I’m very concerned about the safety of our officers tonight. Obviously, we’ve had two officers shot tonight," he stated. "That is a very serious and a very dangerous condition. I think the safety of our officers and of the community we serve is of the uppermost importance.”
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear also weighed in on the shootings. During a press conference at around 10:30 p.m., he spoke about the violence and urged citizens to go home.
"Sadly we have seen at least one individual turn what were nonviolent ways of expressing ourselves into the shooting of at least two law enforcement officers," Beshear said.
"We know that the answer to violence is never violence, and we are thinking about those two officers and their families tonight," he continued.
He also let the public know that the opportunity to speak and be heard would happen.
“Go home tonight. There will be many times over the coming days where there will be an opportunity to be heard, and so many people are listening right now," the governor continued.
A message from Governor Beshear on events tonight in Louisville. pic.twitter.com/XK8FZSXy8D
— Governor Andy Beshear (@GovAndyBeshear) September 24, 2020
As Blavity previously reported, only one of the three officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s death was indicted.