Brett Hankison, one of the police officers involved in the shooting death of Louisville emergency medical worker Breonna Taylor, was fired by his department Tuesday. Chief of Police Robert Schroeder said the officer's behavior brought "a shock to the conscience."
Hankison and three fellow officers claim they knocked and announced themselves before entering Taylor's home to search for drugs on the night of March 13. Taylor's boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, believed someone was breaking in and used his legally licensed gun in an attempt to neutralize the threat. Officers returned fire, killing Taylor in the exchange.
Schroeder said he found that Hankison violated two standard procedures for officers relating to rules and regulations, as well as the use of deadly force.
Hankison was found to have "wantonly and blindly fired ten (10) rounds" from his weapon, creating a "substantial danger of death and serious injury" to Taylor and three uninvolved parties in the neighboring apartment.
The department investigation also concluded that Hankison acted without knowledge that his "deadly force was directed at a person against whom posed an immediate threat…to yourself or others."
"Based upon my review, these are extreme violations of our policies," Schroeder wrote. "I find your conduct a shock to the conscience. I am alarmed and stunned you used deadly force in this fashion. You have never been trained by the Louisville Metro Police Department to use deadly force in this fashion. Your actions have brought discredit upon yourself and the Department...I cannot tolerate this type of conduct by any member of the Louisville Metro Police Department. Your conduct demands your termination."
The three other officers have not yet been charged for their roles in the incident.