Louisville cop shows up to morning roll call despite being shot in the hip the night before during Breonna Taylor unrest and is greeted with a round of applause by his fellow officers
- Major Aubrey Gregory was shot in the hip during riots in Louisville on Wednesday night
- He was rushed to hospital in stable condition before being released on Thursday
- Just hours later, Gregory received a rapturous round of applause from colleagues as he returned to the Louisville Police Department
- His colleague, Officer Robinson Desroches, was also shot during the riots and remains in hospital following surgery
- Larynzo Johnson, 26, has been charged over the shootings of both officers
- Riots broke out in Louisville on Wednesday after a grand jury chose not to indict officers on murder charges over the March death of Breonna Taylor
One of the two officers shot during Wednesday night’s riots in Louisville has returned to his police precinct just hours after being released from hospital.
Major Aubrey Gregory was greeted with a round of applause from colleagues as he arrived at the Louisville Metro Police Department for roll call on Thursday morning.
Gregory is the commander of Louisville police department’s special operations division and was leading the response to riots that erupted in the city Wednesday night, following a grand jury’s decision not to indict cops on murder charges over the shooting death of black woman, Breonna Taylor.
Major Aubrey Gregory returned to his the Lousville Metro Police Department Precinct on Thursday morning, less than 24 hours after he was shot during riots over Breonna Taylor
Gregory (left) is the commander of Louisville police department’s special operations division. He was shot alongside Officer Robinson Desroches (right) during riots on Wednesday night
Gregory has been a Louisville police officer since 1999, according to the Courier Journal.
He previously served as commander of the city’s Fifth Division and has experience working with Louisville’s SWAT team and bomb squad.
Meanwhile, the second officer shot during the night of violence in Louisville on Wednesday – Officer Robinson Desroches – remains in hospital following surgery.
Desorches was was struck by a bullet to the abdomen just below his bullet proof best. He is currently listed in a stable condition.
Larynzo Johnson, 26, was arrested over the shooting and charged with two counts of assault of a police officer and 14 counts of wanton endangerment.
Larynzo Johnson was arrested Wednesday night after the two cops were shot during protests over the grand jury decision
An arrest citation says Johnson ‘intentionally used a handgun to fire multiple bullets at officers… causing serious physical injury’ to two cops struck by the gunfire, reported the Courier Journal.
It is not clear whether the charges could be upgraded following an investigation.
A total of 127 protesters were arrested during unrest in Louisville, where Breonna Taylor lived prior to her death back in March.
Taylor was shot and killed by officers who were conducting a no-knock search warrant of her home in relation to a drug investigation.
Taylor was allegedly sleeping in bed with her boyfriend at the time officers stormed into her apartment.
The intrusion prompted her startled boyfriend to fire his own gun at the cops, who then fired back in self-defense. Taylor became caught in the cross-fire and was shot six times. She died at the scene.
A protester stands next to a burning pile of trash as tensions boiled over in Louisville’s downtown area on Wednesday night
Fired Louisville detective Brett Hankison (left) was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment in connection to the police raid that killed Breonna Taylor (right) on the night of March 13
On Wednesday, a grand jury decided not to pursue murder charges against the three cops involved in the incident.
Instead, it handed down its decision to indict just one of the officers, Brett Hankison, on charges of wanton endangerment for shooting into the homes of Taylor’s neighbors.
Hundreds of protesters began marching through Louisville streets immediately after the announcement. Tensions quickly boiled over as protesters confronted lines of police officers who fired pepper balls and used wooden batons to drive them back.
Thousands out demonstrators also took to the streets in cities across the country, including New York, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Las Vegas.
Heavily-armed riot police stand guard in a street in downtown Louisville amid protests sparked by a Kentucky grand jury’s decision to clear three officers of charges for the shooting death of Breonna Taylor