LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A detailed investigative report written more than a month after Louisville Metro Police fatally shot Breonna Taylor in her apartment on March 13 provides the first comprehensive look at the narcotics case that brought officers to her door.
Though police recovered no drugs or cash from the 26-year-old emergency room technician’s apartment in Louisville’s South End, the May 1 police report shows how officers linked Taylor to a narcotics investigation centered 10 miles away — largely through evidence that has since been challenged.
Why police targeted Taylor’s apartment for a “no-knock” search warrant after midnight has been a key question in the case since her shooting became a national rallying cry for racial justice in May.
After police used a battering ram to break open Taylor’s front door, her boyfriend Kenneth Walker fired a single shot, which police said struck Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly in the femoral artery.