Officer Brett Hankison has been charged with 3 counts of 1st-degree wanton endangerment.
A person is guilty of wanton endangerment in the first degree when, under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life, he wantonly engages in conduct which creates a substantial danger of death or serious physical injury to another person.
Officer Hankison who has since been fired, is facing 3 counts in the first degree and carries up to 5 years in prison for each count. His bond has been set to $15,000.
The grand jury agreed that officer Hankison fired into Breonna Taylor’s home blindly. The department feels the shooting was justified because the officers were returning fire after her boyfriend K. Walker fired first.
The department however did state that this is not the first time he has fired into a home blindly. The officer was not charged because of shooting Breonna Taylor, he was charged with shooting into a neighboring apartment. He was fired due to not following the use of force policy.
The other 2 remaining officers involved, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove were both placed on administrative leave but will remain apart of the force.
The family was hoping for a manslaughter charge. They knew a murder charge would be pushing it. Currently, the family has not responded to these new charges.
No more charges have been filed, we will update this story as information becomes available.