The fired police officer charged over Breonna Taylor's death thought his colleagues were 'being executed' when he opened fire, grand jury recordings reveal.
An emotional former Detective Brett Hankison describes how he heard Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly was shot in the leg by Breonna Taylor's boyfriend Kenneth Walker during the botched raid in Louisville, Kentucky. Fellow officer Myles Cosgrove had joined Mattingly in the doorway and opened fire on Walker. Six shots hit Taylor, killing her.
Speaking shortly after the shooting in March, Hankison said: 'I didn't know if John was down and they couldn't get his body or if he was - but all I could hear was the firing. I saw the flashing.
'I thought they were just being executed because I knew they were helping John because John said 'I'm hit, I'm down' and the gunfire intensified.'
Hankison was the only officer indicted by the grand jury, which charged him with wanton endangerment for shooting into another home with people inside. He has pleaded not guilty.
Taylor's death has captured national attention and prompted street protests over racism and police use of force. Demonstrators have called for the arrest of the officers and demanded justice for black emergency medical technician Taylor, 26.
In testimony heard by the grand jury and released Friday he said: 'What I saw at the time was a figure in a shooting stance, and it looked as if he was holding, he or she was holding, an AR-15 or a long gun, a rifle.'
Taylor's boyfriends, Kenneth Walker, was later determined to have a 9mm handgun.
But Hankison, who shot 10 times, said he feared he and his colleagues were 'sitting ducks'.
Officer Brett Hankison was one of the three officers on the scene when Taylor was shot and killed. He has been charged with wanton endangerment
Hankison, who had volunteered to work the shift on his day off, added: 'We were all kind of the older guys who were put with it because this was going to be the easy location.'
He also told investigators that the EMT's boyfriend initially claimed she was the one who shot at officers when they entered her apartment.
Hankison told investigators, in an interview heard by the grand jury, that Taylor's boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, had told him 'she was the one who shot at us'. Walker later said that he was the one who opened fire.
Neither Jonathan Mattingly (left) nor Myles Cosgrove (right) have been charged over Taylor's death
In further recordings made public Friday police serving the search warrant said they banged on her door and announced themselves from 30 to 90 seconds before breaking in.
The newly revealed details from the police officers contrast with earlier witness reports, and their account has been a point of contention in the case that has captured national attention and prompted street protests over racism and police use of force.
Kentucky's attorney general on Friday released audio recordings of the grand jury proceedings offering a rare peek at the inner workings of a grand jury, which is normally kept secret.
Megan Thee Stallion marked her solo debut as a musical guest on Saturday Night Live by delivering a politically-charged message to Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron.
The 25-year-old rapper called out Cameron over his handling of the case of Taylor. Megan compared Cameron to 'the sell out negros that sold our people into slavery' before diving into a speech about the 'need to protect our black women'.
Cameron, a Republican and the state's first black AG, has acknowledged that he did not recommend homicide charges for the officers involved, adding that the grand jury had the responsibility to bring additional charges if it believed they were warranted.
The grand jury last week cleared the two white officers who shot Taylor and charged a third with wanton endangerment for stray bullets that hit a neighboring apartment in the March 13 raid.
The fired Kentucky officer indicted on minor charges in the Breonna Taylor case told investigators that the EMT's boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, initially claimed she was the one who shot at officers when they entered her apartment, secret grand jury testimony reveals
Street protesters have called for the arrest of the officers and demanded justice for Taylor, a 26-year-old Black emergency medical technician whose family won a $12 million wrongful death settlement from the city of Louisville.
Taylor's boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, who was with her, has said he believed the plainclothes officers who burst in might have been Taylor's ex-boyfriend. He fired once, wounding one officer. Police then fired 32 rounds, six of which hit Taylor.
Hours later and with his voice breaking with emotion, the recordings showed, Walker told police he and Taylor were 'scared to death' at the banging at the door, with Taylor yelling 'Who