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Kentucky Sheriff’s Office Hires Former Louisville Detective Who Shot Breonna Taylor

Carrollton, KY – The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday hired one of the former Louisville police officers who fatally shot 26-year-old Breonna Taylor during a raid on her apartment in 2020.

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced on Sept. 23, 2020, that a special prosecutor’s investigation had led to the determination that Louisville Metropolitan Police Department (LMPD) Detective Myles Cosgrove was justified when he and other officers returned fire in Taylor’s apartment after her boyfriend shot at them during a raid on March 13.

Cameron said that a grand jury had declined to indict any of the officers who shot Taylor.

But LMPD terminated Det. Cosgrove in January of 2021 for violating the department’s use-of-force policy and failing to activate his bodycam during the raid.

The investigation determined that now-former Det. Cosgrove fired his weapon 16 times during the incident, WHAS reported.

A court upheld his termination in February, WLKY reported.

But the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council voted not to revoke the former law enforcement officer’s state peace officer certification in November of 2022, leaving Cosgrove eligible to apply for another job in the state.

Carroll County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Robert Miller confirmed that the law enforcement agency had hired the former LMPD officer, WHAS reported.

Chief Deputy Miller said Deputy Cosgrove had been sworn in on April 20 and was already on active duty in the county, WLKY reported.

A small group of residents showed up in front of the Carroll County courthouse on Monday morning to protest the hiring of Deputy Cosgrove.

But Chief Deputy Miller said it was expected and “there will be opinions on both sides of the equation,” but that had not deterred the sheriff’s department from hiring the veteran law enforcement officer, WLKY reported.

He pointed out that Deputy Cosgrove was executing a warrant as ordered for LMPD and had not been involved in planning the raid that resulted in Taylor’s death.

The chief deputy said Deputy Cosgrove was hired based on the long-term experience he has as an officer and his technical skills, all of which is a huge bonus for a small county sheriff’s department.

“We’re going to give him a chance,” Chief Deputy Miller told WLKY.

The fatal officer-involved shooting occurred in the 300-block of Springfield Drive at approximately 1 a.m. on March 13, when officers from the LMPD Criminal Interdiction Division arrived at the residence to execute a search warrant pertaining to a narcotics investigation, LMPD Public Integrity Unit Spokesperson Ted Eidem said during a press conference at the time, according to WDRB.

The plan was to serve the no-knock search warrant at the same time other members of the Criminal Interdiction Division were serving an arrest warrant for Taylor’s ex-boyfriend, Jamarcus Glover, at his home on Elliott Avenue, 10 miles away, the Courier Journal reported.

LMPD suspected Glover had been selling drugs out of his residence on Elliott Avenue but using Taylor’s address to receive mail, store drugs, or stash money he made selling drugs, the Courier-Journal reported.

Now-former LMPD Detective Joshua Jaynes wrote up the search warrant for Taylor’s home.

Det. Jaynes said in an affidavit summarizing the investigation for the warrants that officers had seen Glover go into Taylor apartment in January and leave with a “suspected USPS package in his right hand.”

The affidavit said Glover went from Taylor’s apartment to a “known drug house” on Muhammad Ali Boulevard, the Courier-Journal reported.

Det. Jaynes said he was able to verify through the U.S. Postal Service that Glover had in fact been receiving packages at Taylor’s address.

“Affiant knows through training and experience that it is not uncommon for drug traffickers to receive mail packages at different locations to avoid detection from law enforcement,” he wrote in the affidavit, according to the Courier-Journal.

Sam Aguiar, an attorney for Taylor’s family, said Taylor had dated Glover two years earlier and maintained a “passive friendship” with him.

But officers reported seeing Taylor’s vehicle parked in front of Glover’s home on Elliott Avenue multiple times in 2020, and said that as of February, Glover was listing Taylor’s apartment as his “current home address,” the Courier-Journal reported.

The officers said that they knocked on Taylor’s door repeatedly and announced their presence before forcing their way inside, WDRB reported.

They were “immediately met by gunfire,” Eidem said.

A sergeant was shot in the upper thigh during the attack, lacerating his femoral artery, WHAS reported.

The officers immediately returned fire as they made their way to safety, according to WDRB.

The gunman, Walker, ultimately surrendered to police.

When the LMPD’s SWAT team searched the residence, they located 26-year-old Taylor unresponsive inside, WDRB reported.

Taylor had been fatally shot during the exchange of gunfire.

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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