Larynzo Johnson, 26, was identified as a suspect in the shooting of two Louisville police officers and taken into custody, according to the Louisville Police Department.
Interim Police Chief Robert Schroeder said that the shootings occurred around 8:30 PM. Schroeder also held a news conference:
Police say Johnson intentionally used a handgun to fire multiple shots at officers Wednesday night near Brook and Broadway, as they were trying to control large crowds gathered to protest the grand jury decision in the Breonna Taylor case.
NBC News says that 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.
Larynzo Johnson faces two counts of first-degree assault of a police officer and two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, according to an arrest citation obtained Thursday morning.
The shooting and protests were in response to a grand jury’s decision to not directly prosecute anyone involved in the death of Breonna Taylor.
USA Today reported that a Jefferson County grand jury Wednesday indicted Brett Hankison, 44, on three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment. Jurors said several bullets he fired outside Taylor’s apartment on March 13 went into a neighboring unit where a pregnant woman, a man, and a child were home.
But neither he nor two other Louisville officers who fired their weapons at Taylor’s apartment — Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove — were charged with killing Taylor, an unarmed Black woman.
News spread quickly of the grand jury’s decision Wednesday, and demonstrators took to the streets of Louisville, protesting Taylor’s killing and the limited charges brought against only one of the officers involved.
Courier-Journal reports that LMPD Maj. Aubrey Gregory and officer Robinson Desroches were identified Thursday by department officials as the two members of Louisville’s police force who were injured in the shooting. Gregory was hit in the hip, Chief Schroeder said, while Robinson was hit in his abdomen.
Both are in stable condition, with no further expected complications.