The Louisville, Kentucky police officer who was shot in the leg during the botched raid of Breonna Taylor’s apartment has filed a lawsuit against her boyfriend.
Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly is alleging assault, battery, and emotional distress in a lawsuit against Kenneth Walker.
The suit claims that Walker’s conduct was “outrageous, intolerable and offends all accepted standards of decency and morality” when he fired a shot that night.
“Walker did intentionally shoot Mattingly or acted recklessly in firing his pistol in the direction of the Police Officers who were serving a search warrant,” the suit states.
Walker’s attorney, Steve Romines, called the legal action a “baseless attempt to further victimize and harass Kenny.”
Romines released this statement on behalf of Walker:
“Kenny Walker is protected by law under KRS 503.085 and is immune from both criminal prosecution and civil liability as he was acting in self-defense in his own home. Even the most basic understanding of Kentucky’s Stand Your Ground law and the “Castle Doctrine” evidences this fact. One would think that breaking into the apartment, executing his girlfriend and framing him for a crime in an effort to cover up her murder would be enough for them. Yet this baseless attempt to further victimize and harass Kenny indicates otherwise”Attorney Steve Romines on behalf of Kenneth Walker
“If Kenny can be sued for defending himself, make no mistake, all lawful gun owners’ rights are at risk. And that should scare everyone,” Romines said in a statement Friday. “We intend to defend Kenny — once again — from baseless charges intended to harm, intimidate, and cover up the events of March 13, 2020.”
Taylor, a 26-year-old Louisville emergency medical technician who was studying to become a nurse, was killed March 13 after she and Walker were awakened from their sleep by police knocking at her door. The officers, who were executing a narcotics warrant, claimed they announced themselves multiple times, however, Walker claimed they never said they were the police. Walker fired once at the officers – a shot he says was a warning shot to what he thought were intruders breaking into his home. Police say Walker’s shot struck Sgt. Mattingly in the leg and they returned fire, striking Taylor five times.
No drugs were found at her home.