Lorenzo Johnson Suspect in Kentucky Police Shooting Faces 16 Counts

LOUISVILLE, KY—Louisville Metro Police Department interim Chief Rob Schroeder gave an update Thursday on the shooting that happened the evening prior that resulted in to LMPD officers receiving gunshot wounds, reported WLKY.

One of the officers shot is Mjr. Aubrey Gregory, who has been one of the leaders in the department’s efforts during protests. “Some would call him the bedrock of those efforts,” Schroeder said.”

“The other officer shot, Officer Robinson Desroches, is with LMPD’s 2nd division. He was shot in the abdomen and had to undergo surgery. Just before noon on Thursday, he is still hospitalized, and is expected to recover.”

President Donald J. Trump tweeted “Praying for the two police officers that were shot tonight in Louisville, Kentucky.”   “The Federal Government stands behind you and is ready to help,” added the President.

Lorenzo Johnson, the suspect in the shooting of two Kentucky police officers has been arrested and charged with two counts of assaults in the first degree and 14 counts of endangering a police officer.  Johnson now faces a long legal process–that he will be part of for decades or perhaps until the end of his life–based on committing a crime which resulted from Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker who failed to respond to the Kentucky Police–and shot at the officers who was performing a raid. 

The weapon used was a handgun.  It is unknown if the suspect had a license. 

The protestors have not protested against the actions of Walker, but Walker filed a lawsuit on September 2nd seeking to declare himself “immune” from prosecution and citing the state’s “stand your ground” law, according to CBS affiliate WLKY.  

The Kentucky police arrested more than 127 people during last night’s protests.

“This is outrageous and offensive to Breonna Taylor’s memory. It’s yet another example of no accountability for the genocide of persons of color by white police officers,” said Ben Crump, civil rights attorney and legal counsel for Taylor’s family. “The rallying cries that have been echoing throughout the nation have been once again ignored by a justice system that claims to serve the people.”

Ben Crump has not sought any legal action against Taylor’s former boyfriend and alleged drug dealer Walker–who shot at the police.  An alleged drug dealer is not genocide, but a criminal.

Kentucky Councilman Anthony Piagentini tweeted “I have spoken to one of the two officers who was shot last night. A great man who has dedicated his life to serving and protecting the public. He has a wife and three kids. He is home and recovering in good spirits. Trying to get ahold of the other officer now.”