Suspect in shooting of 2 Louisville officers charged with assault, wanton endangerment

by San Eli News

(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) Larynzo Johnson has been charged with two counts of first-degree assault of an officer and 14 counts of wanton endangerment of a police officer, Interim Louisville Police Chief Robert Schroeder announced in a press conference Thursday.

Johnson was arrested for allegedly shooting two Louisville police officers Wednesday night. He will be arraigned on Friday at 10 a.m., according to CNN.

The shooting occurred amid protests that erupted hours after a Kentucky grand jury brought no charges against Louisville police officers for the killing of Breonna Taylor. One officer, Brett Hankison, is facing three lesser counts of wanton endangerment that are not directly tied to the fatal shooting.

Schroeder said Wednesday that two officers were shot and suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said Thursday that one officer was treated and released from the hospital with a leg wound, and the second officer is in stable condition after undergoing significant surgery.

 

Louisville police arrested 127 people during the protests Wednesday night, the Courier-Journal reported. Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear posted a video to Twitter urging people to go home.

“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,” Beshear said.

 

 

Fischer announced a countywide 72-hour curfew starting Wednesday night from 9 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.

Demonstrators also marched in cities like New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Philadelphia, according to the Associated Press.

 

 

Taylor, a Black 26-year-old emergency medical technician, was shot and killed in her home in March when Louisville police officers executed a search warrant.