Man linked to the drug investigation that brought police to Breonna Taylor’s door mysteriously shot and killed

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LOUISVILLE, KY — A man linked to the police raid on Breonna Taylor’s apartment was shot and killed Thursday in the Russell section of the city.

WDRB reported that Adrian O. Walker, 28, was killed in the shooting, which was confirmed by his attorney, Keith Kamenish.

Walker has not been identified by the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office, but two sources with knowledge of the case confirmed his identity to The Courier Journal.

Louisville Metro Police said officers found Walker shot around 12:30 p.m. Thursday near Magazine and S. 23rd streets, where he died at the scene.

No suspects have been identified yet in the shooting, police said Thursday.

Walker was listed with Breonna Taylor and Jamarcus Glover on the March 12 warrant that authorized the Louisville police to search Taylor’s Springfield Drive apartment, according to WDRB.

Police believed Walker and Glover were supplying narcotics for a “trap house” on Elliott Avenue in the Russell neighborhood.

Walker and two other men were arrested in late December on drug trafficking and firearms charges after police searched abandoned houses on Elliott Avenue and Muhammad Ali Boulevard, according to the news station.

Also, Adrian Walker is not related to Kenneth Walker, Taylor’s boyfriend, who fired at police when officers entered Taylor’s apartment while serving the no-knock warrant early on March 13. Taylor was shot and killed during that incident.

Court records show that Louisville police obtained a warrant with a no-knock provision for Taylor’s apartment approved by Jefferson Circuit Judge Mary Shaw, but police and prosecutors said that the officers knocked and announced themselves before breaking down the door.

Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth, said he heard pounding at the door, but he did not hear anyone announce they were police, so he fired one shot at 12:43 a.m., according to his arrest citation, thinking an intruder was breaking in.

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Police believed Glover, who had previously dated Taylor, may have been keeping drugs or money at her apartment, but none was found, according to police evidence records.

When officers broke in the door to serve the search warrant at Taylor’s South End apartment shortly before 1 a.m. March 13, her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker fired a shot that police said hit Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly in the thigh.

Three officers, including Mattingly, Det. Brett Hankison and Det. Myles Cosgrove, fired 32 shots in response, hitting Taylor six times and killing her. It was later determined that Taylor was not armed.

Det. Hankison was subsequently fired by then-interim police Chief Robert Schroeder, who accused the detective of “blindly” firing 10 rounds into Taylor’s apartment. In a letter that contained charges against Hankison, Schroeder reportedly wrote in part:

“I find your conduct a shock to the conscience. I am alarmed and stunned you used deadly force in this fashion.”

After four months of investigation, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron and his team of prosecutors presented their case to a grand jury, which indicted Hankison alone on three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment for shots that went into a neighbor’s apartment where three people were home.

Adrian Walker entered a not guilty plea in late July to charges of engaging in a criminal syndicate, along with drug and gun charges, in connection with the narcotics investigation that included the March 13 raids on Elliott Avenue, according to The Courier Journal.

The Courier Journal also reported that Dee Glover, who is Jamarcus Glover’s brother, said Adrian was talking about going back to college to obtain an associate’s degree from Jefferson Community & Technical College:

“If I know my brother, Jamarcus is shocked and upset and extremely devastated, and I use that word on purpose. Devastated.

“He was already still hurting from Breonna Taylor’s death. We talk about it every single time on the phone. It’s ‘Breonna, Breonna, Breonna.'”

Jamarcus Glover previously told The Courier Journal she was not involved in any drug activity.

Police wrote in an investigative report from May they believed Glover and Walker were the “sources of narcotics” for the “trap house” at 2424 Elliott Ave.

Walker was arrested after search warrants were executed last December at 2424 and 2426 Elliott Ave., along with 2605 W. Muhammad Ali Boulevard.

The arrests of Walker and Glover contributed to the Louisville Metro Police Department’s Place-Based Investigations Squad investigating a drug cell on Elliott Avenue, detectives have said, according to The Courier Journal.

In October, we reported about Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, who publicly spoke for the first time since Breonna Taylor was fatally shot. Here is that story.

In an exclusive interview with the Courier Journal and ABC News, Louisville Metro Police Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly spoke publicly for the first time about the fateful March night when Breonna Taylor was shot and killed by police, sparking protests that have raged in Louisville for over 140 consecutive days.

Mattingly was shot in the leg by Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, when police entered Taylor’s apartment, serving a search warrant as part of a narcotics operation. 

The bullet severed Mattingly’s femoral artery, and he required emergency surgery.

Expressing “frustration” with “disinformation” that he says was spread after the police shooting of Taylor, Mattingly told Good Morning America co-anchor Michael Strahan:

“…this is not relatable to George Floyd.  It’s nothing like it.  It’s not Ahmaud Arbery.  It’s nothing like it.

“These are two totally different type incidences.”

He added:

“It’s not a race thing, like people want to try to make it to be.

“This is a point where we were doing our job, we gave too much time when we go in, I get shot, we returned fire.”

Mattingly also said:

“What we were being was someone who’s defending their lives against gunfire coming at them.”

Mattingly indicated that a negative view of police naturally distorted perceptions of the incident.

He said:

“I think that’s part of the problem because the people who say there’s all this injustice and all that are the people who deal with the police in negative connotations.

“So naturally, their view of the police is going to be skewed and not good.”

Strahan bolstered Mattingly’s comments on this perception after he asked Mattingly if there was a “racist divide between the community and LAPD.”

Mattingly responded that he thought there were people who “stir things up and make it more of that.”

He further explained to Strahan:

“When you’re dealing with criminal element, you know, you talk about racial profiling, good police anyway, police I’ve worked with, don’t racial profile.

“You criminal profile.

“Let’s address the fact that just because you’re black, you’re a threat.

“That’s not the case.”

Strahan pushed the issue further, saying:

“That’s how black men feel.  That’s how black women feel.”

Mattingly responded:

“But does that make it real?”

Strahan said:

“If you feel, then it’s real.”

Mattingly replied:

“No, not necessarily.”

Also during the course of the interview, the Sergeant indicated that he had decided he would not be returning to police work, citing negative public perception and lack of action by the mayor’s office to dispel disinformation.

According to the Courier Journal:

“He said his name has been so smeared that it likely would be unsafe for his family for him to return.”

Mattingly called out  Louisville Mayor, Greg Fischer, for not clearing up misinformation, which he said “added fuel to the fire.”

Such misinformation included:

“claims that Taylor was asleep, that officers were at the wrong home, or that Taylor didn’t know Jamarcus Glover, Taylor’s ex-boyfriend who was a main target in the narcotics investigation that led to the attempted search of Taylor’s home, which he said would have been possible to clarify without harming the case.”

Mattingly added that he had “begged” Fischer’s office to share factual information, but was told that officials did not want to set a precedent for cases in the future.

If facts had been set straight, he said, a lot of public outcry could have been avoided. 

He stated:

“A lot of (the) flames that have come up, a lot of this stuff could have been diverted.

“Now, would people still have a problem with it? Yes. But I think with the truth coming out, then you wouldn’t have as much distrust.”

Mattingly also pointed the finger at Florida-based Taylor family attorney, Ben Crump for being an “agitator” who created chaos and then left the city.

He stated that Crump came to Louisville and was:

“stirring up all this stuff and then leaving your city. He didn’t have to pick the pieces up.”

He added:

“[Crump] simply comes in, causes problems, throws out all these either direct lies, or these innuendos, and leaves people hanging, and then he disappears.”

Mattingly, who is a father of four and recently became a grandfather, said his family has been targeted during the aftermath of the shooting.  One night, on the advice of the FBI, they had to leave their home due to a credible threat. 

Also a few days ago, someone threatened to “kidnap, tie up, and torture his young son.”

During the interview, Mattingly spoke of Taylor’s family that of course has been rocked by the shooting death of Breonna, and its aftermath.

He said:

“I feel for her. I hurt for her mother and for her sisters.”

He added:

“It’s not just a passing ‘Oh, this is part of the job, we did it and move on.’ It’s not like that. I mean Breonna Taylor is now attached to me for the rest of my life.

“And that’s not again, ‘Woe is me.’ That’s me feeling for them. That’s me having a heart and a soul, going as a parent, ‘How do you move on?’

“I don’t know. I don’t want to experience it.”

In a heartfelt message to Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, Mattingly said:

“Ms. Palmer, nobody should ever have to go through what you’re feeling.  Nobody can sympathize or feel what you’re feeling unless they’ve lost a child. 

“There’s no way I could ever tell you enough how much I wish this hadn’t taken place. 

“No amount of money in the world is going to change that.  Police reforms aren’t going to bring her back.

He concluded:

“But I just hope that you can find it in your heart at some point to find some peace, find some- some love in the future, and I pray that everybody learns something from this, and that this tragedy never happens again to any other family.”

 

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