(Update 0010ET): A suspect has been arrested in the shooting of two Louisville police officers.
LOUISVILLE - Suspect arrested for shooting 2 PD officers (photo) pic.twitter.com/kF28DprybU— FJ News Reporter (@FJNewsReporter) September 24, 2020
The shooting was reported during a livestream on LMPD's Facebook page in which an officer can be heard saying "Officer down" and "Take cover," according to WTHR. ("Officer down" at 1:15 below)
According to FBI Louisville, a SWAT team was activated and sent to the scene. The officers were said to have sustained "non life-threatening" injuries. According to Fox5 Atlanta, one officer is alert and stable while the second was undergoing surgery.
Praying for the two police officers that were shot tonight in Louisville, Kentucky. The Federal Government stands behind you and is ready to help. Spoke to @GovAndyBeshear and we are prepared to work together, immediately upon request!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2020
Beyond Louisville, Protests raged in major cities across the country following what activists considered a lack of justice in the Brionna Taylor shooting - including Washington DC, Atlanta, Denver and New York City.
MIDTOWN MANHATTAN PROTESTSpic.twitter.com/tb6hGD965V— The_Real_Fly (@The_Real_Fly) September 24, 2020
“SHUT IT DOWN” NYC— The_Real_Fly (@The_Real_Fly) September 24, 2020
In Denver, multiple individuals were struck after a driver was surrounded by BLM protesters.
BLM IN DENVER— The_Real_Fly (@The_Real_Fly) September 24, 2020
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(Update 2145ET): The situation has grown more tense in Louisville after a Metro Police Officer was shot downtown according to an LMPD spokesperson, who offered no further details. There are unconfirmed reports that a second officer was shot as well.
BREAKING VIDEO - Second round of shots ring in Louisville pic.twitter.com/ID4GLy4ZsZ— FJ News Reporter (@FJNewsReporter) September 24, 2020
Elsewhere, police officers stood guard with guns drawn as protesters heckled them.
Both the FBI and National Guard have been deployed:
Check back for more updates...
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The Governor of Kentucky has activated the National Guard and State Police after Brionna Taylor protests began to heat up.
KY National Guard and @kystatepolice have been deployed by the Governor. KSP says it "has been authorized to engage in specific missions in support of local law enforcement, but at all times will be under KSP command." @WDRBNews— Valerie Chinn WDRB (@ValerieChinn) September 23, 2020
Meanwhile, the Louisville Metro Police Department is livestreaming their response:
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A police officer in the shooting of Brionna Taylor has been indicted by a Grand Jury and charged with three counts of 'wanton endangerment' of the first degree in Taylor's death, after he was found to have "blindly" fired 10 rounds into Taylor's apartment after her boyfriend opened fire on the police.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Grand jury indicts 1 officer on criminal charges 6 months after Breonna Taylor fatally shot by police in Kentucky.— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) September 23, 2020
Bond for the officer, Brett Hankison, has been set at $15,000. According to Attorney General Daniel Cameron, Hankison faces up to 5 years in prison for each count.
Notably, two other officers involved in the incident were not charged, while more serious charges were not brought against Hankison, per The Hill. According to Cameron, the other officers were "justified in their use of force."
A man just nearly pulled his gun in reaction. Crowd had to stop him. Louisville is on edge pic.twitter.com/R0WxTQQ8EO— Brendan Gutenschwager (@BGOnTheScene) September 23, 2020
The National Guard, meanwhile, is on standby.
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The mayor of Louisville, Kentucky has announced a 72-hour curfew from 9 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. beginning Wednesday evening in anticipation of riots over the grand jury decision in the case of Breonna Taylor. Exemptions will be made for work, medical aid and attending worship.
"We must plan for the potential of large gatherings," said Mayor Greg Fischer. "Our goal is ensuring space and opportunity for people to express their First Amendment rights."
The move comes after Fischer declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, signing two executive orders which "allows him to exercise any of his emergency powers" in response to Wednesday's 1:30 p.m. announcement over whether officers will face charges.
Taylor was shot and killed by LMPD officers serving a search warrant on her apartment when her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, opened fire on what he says he thought were intruders. Taylor was shot five times.
Taylor's family has received a $12 million dollar settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit, however if the officers are not charged, downtown Louisville is likely go off.
Stores in downtown Louisville have boarded up in anticipation of civil unrest.
Here’s the area around Jefferson Square Park, the hub of protests. pic.twitter.com/mYT5Yo0SbT— Hayes Gardner (@HayesGardner) September 22, 2020
According to Summit News, Target stores as far as a 20 minute drive from downtown have boarded up.
Big box stores in the far suburbs of Louisville are boarding up their windows pic.twitter.com/obQiwbxpDz— Pat Smith 💾 (@cityresearch) September 23, 2020