LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville Metro Police Department has made an arrest and have identified the man in custody they say shot and injured two officers Wednesday night amid protests across the city.
Larynzo Johnson, 26, was arrested at 8:40 p.m., according to his citation, which stated he would face multiple charges of first-degree assault of a police officer and first-degree wanton endangerment, Courier Journal reported.
Johnson is accused of shooting two LMPD officers around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday night, as protests continued across the city in the aftermath of the announcement that one of the three officers who returned fire after being fired upon the night Breonna Taylor was killed would face charges.
Johnson’s arrest citation, provided by the office of the Jefferson County Circuit Court clerk, said the suspect’s actions “showed an extreme indifference to the value of human life” and put officers at the scene in danger of death or serious injury.
Moreover, the citation said LMPD officers were responding to a large crowd at Broadway and Brook Street in downtown Louisville that had set fires and would not disperse after being warned. Johnson was among the crowd and “intentionally used a handgun to fire multiple bullets at officers. Two officers with LMPD were struck by the bullets causing serious physical injury.”
Witnesses identified Johnson as firing the gun and then running from the scene, the citation states. Furthermore, he was in possession of a handgun when he was detained.
Footage reviewed by LMPD officers, according to the citation, showed Johnson firing the weapon, and a National Integrated Ballistic Information Network examiner was looking into an association between the firearm recovered and shell casings recovered from the scene.
“There is a high probability that a microscopic comparison, by a firearms examiner, will confirm the association between the firearm’s ballistic evidence,” the citation from the arresting officer states.
One Facebook Live video taken at the time of the shooting by someone in the crowd appears to show a man in a multicolored hooded sweatshirt firing a handgun at a group of officers. However, the video has been removed by Facebook. A man was taken into custody wearing a shirt that appeared to match that description.
The two officers injured in Wednesday night’s shooting remain unidentified. One was hit in the thigh, The Courier Journal was told, while another was hit in the abdomen below the body armor being worn. LMPD interim Chief Robert Schroeder said both were in stable condition and are expected to survive, though one was in surgery.
“I am very concerned about the safety of our officers,” Schroeder said. “Obviously we’ve had two officers shot tonight, and that is very serious. … I think the safety of our officers and the community we serve is of the utmost importance.”
Meanwhile, police arrested 127 suspects during the overnight violence for a variety of charges.
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