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Police instructor: Hankison trained to isolate target

Matt Gelhausen
Posted at 5:19 PM, Mar 01, 2022

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A police firearms instructor says Louisville officers are trained to identify a target before firing weapons in a threatening situation.

The instructor was testifying Tuesday in the trial of a former officer charged in the that left Breonna Taylor dead.

Former Louisville police detective Brett Hankison is charged with firing into a neighbor’s apartment during the botched March 2020 narcotics raid.

Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman, was fatally shot by officers.

Matt Gelhausen is a firearms instructor with Louisville police and testified that officers are taught to make sure a perceived threat is isolated “from any others that are in close proximity.”