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VIDEO: Wounded Cop’s Attorney Releases Bodycam Of Breonna Taylor Scene

Louisville, KY – Bodycam video was released on Thursday of the first officers to arrive on the scene after Louisville Metropolitan Police Department (LMPD) Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly was shot during the warrant service at Breonna Taylor’s apartment in March (video below).

Sgt. Mattingly was shot when officers served a search warrant at Taylor’s apartment just after midnight on March 13.

The bodycam video was released by the sergeant’s attorney, Todd McMurtry, WAVE reported.

“They called him a ‘murderer,’ when all he did was defend himself,” McMurtry said. “This is the raw video of Louisville officer Sgt. John Mattingly shortly after Kenneth Walker shot him.”

An investigation by the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office revealed that, despite the fact the officers had a “no knock” warrant the night Taylor was shot, police announced themselves before they attempted to enter the residence.

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said that an independent civilian witness had confirmed having heard the officers announce themselves.

The attorney general said it was after that clear announcement that police busted through the door and saw a man and woman at the end of the hallway.

Sgt. Mattingly was immediately shot, according to Cameron.

“Kenneth Walker fired the shot that hit Sgt. Mattingly,” the attorney general confirmed.

He debunked claims by Walker that Sgt. Mattingly was shot by a fellow officer during the chaos that ensued.

Cameron said Sgt. Mattingly was struck by a 9mm bullet from Walker’s weapon and officers had been carrying 40-caliber weapons.

Bodycam showed that the first officer who responded to the scene after Sgt. Mattingly was shot encountered a gate at the entrance to the community.

“I’ve got EMS on standby,” somebody said over the police radio.

The video showed the officer briefly stepped out of his vehicle but then he could hear officers yelling inside the gated community.

So he got back into his police cruiser, backed up, and rammed the gate to gain entry, the video showed.

Seconds later, he jumped out of his vehicle and raced over to help the officers performing First Aid on the sergeant.

Sgt. Mattingly had been shot in the femoral artery and was bleeding profusely as officers worked to stop the flow and save his life, the video showed.

The video showed Sgt. Mattingly wanted one of the officers to call his wife for him, and the officer told him to unlock his phone and he’d do it as soon as they got the pressure bandages attached to his wounds.

Sgt. Mattingly squirmed in pain and gasped as officers attempted to pack the bullet holes they found in his leg, the video showed.

They also talked to him, trying to keep him awake as they worked.

In the bodycam video, an officer can be heard asking to talk to SWAT over the radio and trying to ascertain when an ambulance would arrive.

“We’ve got EMS on standby – where are they?” an officer asked in the video.

Officers cannot be seen rendering aid to Taylor in the bodycam video but the attorney general said the special prosecutor’s investigation had determined that the 26-year-old woman died within a moment or so of being shot multiple times.

When officers were advised the ambulance was still 15 minutes out, they loaded Sgt. Mattingly onto the back of a police car to get him out of the area, and then transported him to the hospital in a police vehicle.

The officers responding to the scene surrounded the vehicle and covered the sergeant as they took him out of the area.

Watch the incident unfold in the bodycam below. WARNING – Graphic Violence and Obscene Language:

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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