New bodycam footage reveals the tense moments in which a Louisville cop involved in Breonna Taylor‘s fatal shooting was moved from the scene after being injured by gunfire.
Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly was struck in the femoral artery and later had to undergo surgery following the shooting that killed the 26-year-old black EMT in March, according to Fox News.
Mattingly had been shot by Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker who claimed he only fired because the cops didn’t identify themselves.
His lawyer posted the video to Twitter, hitting out that Mattingly had been branded ‘a “murderer,” when all he did was defend himself’.
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Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly is allegedly seen on the ground outside Breonna Taylor’s apartment after being shot in the leg by her boyfriend Kenneth Walker in the raid that killed her
An officer pulls him injured from the ground to bring him for medical treatment
Mattingly’s lawyer Todd McMurtry threatened those who continue to call the cop a ‘murderer’
Earlier this week, a Kentucky grand jury decided not to indict Mattingly of any crime in relation to the shooting.
His attorney Todd McMurtry claimed those who still branded him a murderer after the decision needed to ‘retract and apologize immediately’.
McMurty told Fox News that he represents ‘John in his affirmative claims against people who slandered him by calling him a “murderer”‘.
In the bodycam footage, which McMurtry says he received from the officer, Mattingly can be seen lying on the ground while his colleagues purportedly escort him away from the scene of the shooting for medical attention.
Other cops can be saying to ‘grab under his arms’ and ‘cover him, let’s go’ as they attempt to move the injured Mattingly.
‘Go a little faster’, another officer says, although no ambulance is seen.
The cops attempt to bring the bleeding Mattingly to the top of a vehicle’s trunk to get him away from the scene.
The car then drives away toward the exit of the apartment complex.
According to Wave 3, the footage picks up just after officers had applied a tourniquet on Mattingly’s leg.
Officers seemed to be unaware if there was still any danger.
An officer is seen helping Mattingly from the ground as he is bleeding heavily
The cop then brings Mattingly to a vehicle to bring for treatment for his injury
As they moved Mattingly, Taylor was lying inside her apartment after being struck six times and EMS crews had not yet responded.
On Wednesday, as he announced the grand jury’s decision on her death, Attorney General Daniel Cameron said that she likely died within a minute or two of being shot.
Wave 3 reported that Mattingly’s wife said he’d undergone surgery for five hours while doctors attempted to repair his femoral artery after the shooting.
Louisville Police Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly
He allegedly had to receive multiple blood transfusions because he lost so much blood.
The Louisville Metro Police Department has not previously denied that there was bodycam footage from the night but claimed that there is none of Taylor’s shooting.
Protests gathered across America on Wednesday as soon as the Kentucky grand jury’s decision over Taylor’s death were revealed as thousands – including her family – voiced outrage over the cops not facing murder charges.
Taylor, 26, was killed on March 13 when Sgt Jonathan Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove and Brett Hankison burst down the door to her home in Louisville while executing a botched late-night raid and shot her six times.
The black EMT died in the bungled raid after officers fired 32 rounds into her home and neighboring addresses.
Taylor’s boyfriend Walker first fired a shot at officers when they entered her apartment with a ‘no knock’ warrant.
Charges of attempted murder and assault against Walker were dropped earlier this year.
Walker was never the target of the probe and had no criminal record. He had a license to carry fire arms and had fired as single shot that struck Mattingly.
Breonna Taylor is pictured above with her boyfriend Kenneth Walker. He opened fire on the officers who stormed into Taylor’s apartment and the officers returned fire
Breonna Taylor was shot six times in the late-night raid in March
The search warrant for her home related to a drugs investigation over her ex-boyfriend who was not present at the property and who had been arrested at a different address earlier that night.
Officer Brett Hankison, who was fired in the aftermath of the shooting, was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment, Attorney General Daniel Cameron said at a news conference Wednesday.
When he was fired in June, his letter of termination said he showed ‘an extreme indifference to the value of human life’.
The first-degree charge, a Class D felony which carries a penalty of up to five years in prison, relates to Hankison shooting into the neighboring apartments during the incident.
They do not relate to the shooting death of Taylor.
Hankison’s two colleagues, Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove, were not charged because the investigation found their actions were justified, the attorney general said. Fired Louisville detective Brett Hankison was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment in connection to the police raid on the night of March 13
Officers Myles Cosgrove (left) and John Mattingly who were present during the police raid on March 13, were not charged on Wednesday. Brett Hankison (pictured left) was fired from the LMPD while the other two officers were placed on administrative assignment
Those two other officers were reassigned to administrative duties in the aftermath of the shooting.
In creating his account of Taylor’s death, the attorney general said his investigators had no video footage from the shooting.
‘Therefore, the sequence of events had to be pieced together through ballistics evidence, 911 calls, police radio traffic and interviews,’ Cameron said.
The three officers involved did not take part in the obtaining of the warrant, he said.
They knocked on Taylor’s apartment door and announced their presence outside, which Cameron said was corroborated by a neighbor who witnessed the arrival.
Getting no answer, they ‘breached the door.’
Mattingly entered first, and at the end of a corridor saw Taylor and her boyfriend, with Walker pointing a gun.
Walker fired, injuring Mattingly in the thigh. Mattingly returned fire, and his colleagues began shooting soon after, Cameron said.
Hankison fired 10 bullets. Six bullets hit Taylor but there is no ‘conclusive’ evidence that any came from Hankinson’s gun, Cameron said.
Bullets fired by Hankison traveled into a neighboring apartment which led to the charges against him.