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Reports: LMPD plans to fire two detectives in Breonna Taylor investigation

Posted at 6:00 PM, Dec 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-29 18:23:04-05

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE/Courier-Journal) — The Louisville Metro Police Department plans to fire two detectives involved in the investigation that led to Breonna Taylor's death, according to local reports.

Sources tell WAVE 3 News Det. Joshua Jaynes learned of the department's intention to terminate him Tuesday evening when he was served with a notice. Jaynes requested the warrant that brought officers to Taylor's doors in March.

"Please be advised of my present intention to terminate your employment," LMPD Interim Chief Yvette Gentry began her two-page letter to Jaynes on Tuesday.

Jaynes will have a chance to defend himself at a pre-termination hearing with Gentry on Thursday.

An attorney for Jaynes tells the Courier-Journal Detective Myles Cosgrove, the officer who the FBI concluded fired the shot that killed Taylor, was also served with pre-termination paperwork.

Taylor, 26, was shot and killed by police officers conducting a no-knock search warrant at her home in March. The LMPD fired one of the officers involved, Brett Hankison, in June, saying he violated procedures by showing "extreme indifference to the value of human life." The other officers involved in the case — Jon Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove — have been placed on administrative reassignment.