Two additional police officers from the Louisville Metro Police Department will be terminated for their involvement in the March 13 raid that claimed the life of 26-year-old Kentucky EMT Breonna Taylor.
Per the New York Times on Tuesday night, lawyers for Det. Myles Cosgrove and Det. Joshua Jaynes said each received notices of termination. Both were on administrative reassignment amid the investigation into the incident, which was connected to a drug case concerning Taylor’s ex-boyfriend, Jamarcus Glover.
According to Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron at a September press conference, Cosgrove “fired the fatal shot” that killed Taylor, citing FBI ballistics analysis. Cameron also said Cosgrove fired 16 rounds down Taylor’s hallway.
Jaynes, who was not physically present at the raid, prepared the search warrant and said that based on information from a postal inspector, packages intended for Glover were delivered to Taylor’s apartment.
In his termination letter, Louisville interim police Chief Yvette Gentry said Jaynes did not get the information from the Postal Service but from another police officer.
“Having an independent, third party verify information is powerful and compelling information,” Chief Gentry wrote in the letter to Jaynes, a copy of which was obtained by the Times. “The inclusion of this in the affidavit as a direct verification was deceptive.”
However, Jaynes’ attorney Thomas Clay told the Times that his client never lied in getting the search warrant.
“They have basically tried to throw him under the bus and he’s not going to fit under the bus because he did nothing wrong,” Clay said.
Other than confirming his client’s termination letter, Jarrod Beck, a lawyer for Cosgrove, declined to issue further comments.
Per the letters, both Cosgrove and Jaynes can object to their termination at a department hearing on Thursday.
Back in June, Det. Brett Hankison — who Cameron said fired his weapon 10 times the night of the raid — was terminated from the LMPD for violating their deadly force policy.
Though no murder charges were filed in Taylor’s killing, Hankison was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment for firing into a nearby apartment, where a male, a pregnant female, and a child were present.