Firearms experts say a ballistic report from the Kentucky State Police supports the attorney general Daniel Cameron’s (R) allegation that Breonna Taylor’s friend fired the shot that wounded a Louisville officer in the robbery that resulted in Taylor’s death.
According to the Louisville Courier JournalThe report challenges earlier analysis that Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly was wounded by “friendly fire” by other officers involved in the March incident. Instead, experts say the 9mm cartridge that hit Mattingly came from the gun used by Taylor̵
Walker had previously admitted firing a shot from his pistol.
Experts who spoke to the Courier Journal challenged the establishment of the report that “due to limited markings of comparative value” the 9mm bullet that struck Mattingly’s thigh was not “identified or fired” by Walker’s weapon.
Charles Stephenson, a Kansas City-based gun instructor and security advisor who is also a former FBI agent, told the Courier Journal in an email that the on-site recovery of the bullet, as well as Walker’s admission, provide reasonable evidence that Walker was the shooter .
Melissa Oberg, an Indianapolis firearms inspector, also confirmed the claim to the local news agency.
However, one of Walker’s attorneys, Steve Romines, claims that Walker did not fire the shot that wounded Mattingly and told the Courier Journal that it was not possible to determine that the officer shot with a 9mm bullet because “no round was recovered from him and that the wounds caused by a 9 mm and a 40 mm round are too similar in size to distinguish them.
Taylor, a 26-year-old black woman, was killed after police shot her while she was issuing an arrest warrant for her ex-boyfriend.
A Louisville grand jury last month decided to charge an officer, Brett Hankison, with three wanton threats after bullets from his gun shot through Taylor’s wall into a neighbor’s apartment. None of the officers involved in the raid on Taylor’s home were charged with her death.
Cameron said news channel WDRB that he did not present Murder charges to the grand jury, saying they were “not appropriate”.
He also argued that officers Myles Cosgrove and Mattingly were justified in their use of lethal force because of Walker’s shot that hit Mattingly in the thigh.