Louisville police officers shot amid Breonna Taylor protests; suspect in custody

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By Michael Ruiz-Fox News

Two police officers were shot in Louisville, Ky., on Wednesday night as protesters flocked to the streets to rally against the death of Breonna Taylor, authorities said.

Shortly after a police news conference, reports emerged on social media that a third police officer may have been injured.

The two police victims confirmed by authorities were being treated at a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, Interim Louisville Metro Police Department Chief Robert Schroeder said in a short news conference around 10 p.m. ET.

“One is alert and stable, the other officer is currently undergoing surgery and stable,” Schroeder said, adding that one suspect was in custody.

Schroeder said the shooting happened at the intersection of First and Broadway. It was unclear whether the protests played a role in their shootings.

“I am very concerned about the safety of our officers,” he answered a reporter. “I think the safety of our officers and the community we serve is of utmost importance.”

President Trump Wednesday night tweeted that he was “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!”

A third officer reportedly suffered minor injuries but wasn’t shot, a reporter with WGCL-TV in Atlanta reported. The station reported that two civilians also were shot.

Demonstrators turned out in droves hours after a grand jury handed down charges against one of three officers involved in the March raid inside Taylor’s apartment — with none of the charges directly involving Taylor’s death.

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