The boyfriend of Breonna Taylor initially told Louisville Police officers that she had shot at them as they executed a search warrant at the couple’s apartment, according to information released from grand jury proceedings investigating the Louisville woman’s death.
Kenneth Walker told officer Brett Hankison that ”she was the one who shot at us,” according to Hankison’s police interview after the shooting. Walker would later confess and be charged with shooting a Louisville police officer during the event, but the charges against him were dropped. In any event, it’s quite suspicious that he first described his deceased girlfriend as shooting at officers, when he in fact had opened fire when police breached the door after announcing their presence beforehand.
Police had obtained a narcotics warrant to raid the apartment on suspicion that Walker and Taylor were operating a drug enterprise on the premises.
Interview footage of Louisville police regarding the operation also revealed that officers described knocking on the door and announcing their presence before using a battering ram to get inside, contrary to widespread reports that the drug crime search warrant was executed through a ‘no-knock’ raid.
“We knocked on the door, said ‘police,’ waited I don’t know 10 or 15 seconds. Knocked again, said police, waited even longer,” said Lt. Shawn Hoover in an interview regarding the event the day of the shooting.
“So it was the third time that we were approaching, it had been like 45 seconds if not a minute,” Hoover said. “And then I said, ‘Let’s go, let’s breach it.’”
Officer Hankison has been charged with wanton endangerment for firing rounds that penetrated neighboring apartments during the shootout, but the grand jury declined to file murder or manslaughter charges against officers involved in the shooting, contrary to the demands of the national Black Lives Matter movement.
This event doesn’t seem to have occurred in a fashion remotely similar to what BLM activists have claimed occurred.
ICE Issues Detainer on Illegal Alien Felon Arrested in Shootings of Two Houston Police Officers
The suspect is an illegal alien.
A man arrested in the shootings of two Houston, Texas police officers- one of whom has died- is an illegal alien.
Breitbart Texas reported that Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued a detainer request on 51-year old Elmer Rolando Manzano on Tuesday, with the immigration agency revealing that Manzano is an illegal alien with a history of felony criminal convictions in the United States.
Elmer Rolando Manzano-Martinez, 51, is a citizen of El Salvador and convicted criminal alien who is unlawfully present in the U.S. On Oct. 20, officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in Houston, Texas, placed an immigration detainer with the Harris County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) on Manzano-Martinez after he was arrested for murder.
Two officers of the Houston Police Department had arrived at an apartment complex to respond to reports of a domestic disturbance, with officers having previously been called to the residence in response to instances of Manzano fighting with his wife. Upon the arrival of the police, Manzano opened fire, shooting Sgt. Harold Preston multiple times, including in the head.
65-year old Preston was a 41-year veteran of the Houston Police.
Sgt. Harold Preston was a 41-year veteran of the @HoustonPolice — a cop who led a life of significance. A hero shot and killed today, Harold was a selfless public servant who we will #NeverForget. My prayers are with his family, community, and fellow officers. @ArtAcevedo pic.twitter.com/x1NqL7CBlu
— Bill Bratton (@CommissBratton) October 21, 2020
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo went on to describe Sgt. Preston as a pillar of the community at a press conference at Memorial Hermann Hospital.
“We’ve lost just a wonderful human being,” Acevedo said of Preston after announcing that he had died in the shooting. “He is leading with men and women on streets, instead of choosing to sit in an office drinking coffee and reading the paper. That is the man he was — he is a man who lived with elderly parents to take care of them. As good as he was as a cop, he was a better human being, that is just the guy that he was and we are going to miss him.”
Another officer, Courtney Waller, survived the shootings and is recovering from a gunshot to the arm.
— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) October 20, 2020
After barricading himself in the residence, Manzano surrendered to police and was arrested hours after the shooting. Chief Acevedo expects the criminal alien to be charged with murder.
Click 2 Houston reported on Manzano’s extensive history of felony criminal convictions shortly after his arrest. The illegal alien has been convicted of unlawful carrying of a firearm in October 1994; assault in August 2000 and December 2000; felony assault and causing bodily injury to a family member in May 2001; and evading arrest with a motor vehicle in December 2002.
Somehow, the repeat felon has proved capable of remaining in the United States and evading deportation, despite his criminal history.
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