September 17, 2021 09:35

Suspect accused of shooting 2 LMPD officers during Breonna Taylor protests faces 35-count indictment

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Kentucky man accused of shooting two police officers during demonstrations over the death of Breonna Taylor has been indicted on 35 charges.

Larynzo D. Johnson, 26, was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury on two counts of first-degree assault and 33 counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, news outlets reported. He was arrested in September, Law Officer reported.

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Larynzo D. Johnson (Louisville Metro Corrections)

He’s being held on a $1 million bond and is scheduled for arraignment on Nov. 23, according to Fox News.

Johnson was accused of shooting at police officers on Sept. 23 during protests held after a grand jury process led by State Attorney General Daniel Cameron produced no charges involving the shooting of Taylor by police, primarily since officers were simply returning gunfire from Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker. Sgt. Jon Mattingly was wounded in the leg during the volley.

Instead, prosecutors announced in September that former officer, Brett Hankison, whom the department fired in June, was indicted on three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree.

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A press release from Commonwealth’s Attorney Thomas B. Wine said Johnson endangered protesters while wounding two officers. Louisville Metro Police Officer Robinson Desroches was shot in the abdomen and Maj. Aubrey Gregory was shot in the hip. Both officers have since recovered.

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Major Aubrey Gregory (left) and officer Robinson Desrouches (right) (LMPD)

Johnson was originally charged with 14 counts of wanton endangerment, “all directed against police officers,” then-interim Chief Robert Schroeder previously said.

It’s unclear whether Johnson had an attorney to comment on his behalf.

 

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