Officer in raid says Breonna Taylor ‘didn’t deserve to die’


In this Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, file photo, people gather in Jefferson Square in Louisville, awaiting word on charges against police officers in the death of Breonna Taylor. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Louisville police officer who shot Breonna Taylor after he was wounded by her boyfriend’s gunshot says she “didn’t deserve to die.”

Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly says police at the scene had to defend themselves after Taylor’s boyfriend shot at them.

Mattingly was speaking for the first time to ABC News and the Louisville Courier Journal. Mattingly says police officers “want to do the right thing.”

A grand jury last month charged an officer with endangering Taylor’s neighbors, but none of the three police who fired guns that night were charged in Taylor’s death.

A grand juror says they weren’t given that option.

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