It was shortly before 1am on March 13, 2020 when police rammed down the door to Breonna Taylor’s apartment, awaking her and her partner.
The judge’s order was a “no-knock” warrant, allowing police to enter the property without warning and without identifying themselves as law enforcement. They reportedly drove unmarked vehicles.
Within minutes of them entering her home that night, Taylor, 26, was dead.
Police said Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired a gun first, wounding an officer in the leg. Walker said that he believed someone was breaking into the home and acted in self-defence.
In return, police shot more than 20 rounds into the home. Walker was injured by gunfire, and Taylor was shot eight times by officers before being pronounced dead at the scene.
Neither Taylor or Walker had any criminal background. No drugs were found, and Walker was charged with attempted murder of a police officer, though that has since been dropped.