Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker said the pair had been watching a movie in bed when police raided the apartment as part of a narcotics investigation and shot Taylor dead.
“To the world she’s just a hashtag, a picture, and all of that,” he told “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King. “But to me it was much more. More than a girlfriend too. I think that’s what I want the world to know the most. That was my best friend… The most important person pretty much to me on Earth. And they took her.”
Neither Walker nor Taylor have criminal histories, and no illegal drugs were found at the scene. The officers had been investigating Taylor’s ex-boyfriend, who did not live at her address. On the night of March 13 they entered the apartment using a no-knock warrant.
He recounted the events leading up to Taylor’s death in painstaking detail.
“It was a normal day… you know, we went on a date, we went out to eat,” Walker recalled. He said they had gone back home to play Uno and watch a movie.
Later, according to Walker, there was “a loud bang at the door.”
“Nobody was responding, and we were saying ‘Who is it?’ You know,” he said.
Walker said they repeated the phrase several times but got no answer.
“I’m a million percent sure that nobody identified themselves,” he said. “if they had knocked on the door and say who it was, we could hear them. It was dead silent.”
Feeling “deathly afraid,” Walker said they got up to put on clothes amid heavy knocking to make themselves “decent to answer the door.”
“Then I grab my gun,” he said.
A licensed gun owner, Walker said the moment was “the one time” he had to use it.
“If it was the police at the door and they just said, ‘We’re the police,” me or Breonna didn’t have a reason at all not to open the door to see what they wanted,” Walker said.
The door flew off its hinges. Walker fired a single shot, thinking he was defending the apartment during a home invasion.
Then police opened fire. Walker said he never heard so many gunshots at the same time.
“I’ve never been to war. But I assume that’s what war probably sounds like,” he said.
Three officers combined fired 32 shots into the apartment, with “bullets coming in every direction,” Walker said.
He had been holding Taylor’s hand during the gunfire when he heard her scream.
“I pulled her down to the ground. But, you know, she was scared so she just didn’t get down,” he said.
When the gunfire stopped, Walker said Taylor was alive and bleeding. He called his mother as he held her.
“I told her that somebody just kicked in the door and shot Breonna. And she’s freaking out at this point. But she told me to call 911. So I did,” Walker said.
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