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LMPD Officer Countersues The Boyfriend Of Breonna Taylor

Louisville Metro Police Department via AP

A Louisville Metro Police officer who was wounded in the raid on Breonna Taylor's home is countersuing Taylor's former boyfriend for assault, battery, and emotional distress.

Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly has filed a claim, arguing Kenneth Walker intentionally shot him or acted recklessly when he fired back at police entering Taylor's apartment. Police say one of those shots hit Mattingly in the thigh.

The officer recently went public with his version of events, speaking to ABC's Good Morning America.

"I'm not gonna sit here and act like playing the big vicim card, but I was a victim in this as well. My family has been a victim in this. They have had to go into hiding. They have had death threats," Mattingly told the network.

An attorney for Walker called the suit the latest in a cycle of police aggression and a "obstruction of the facts in what is an obvious coverup."

Walker has argued police did not identify themselves before entering the apartment and he fired believing it was an intruder. Mattingly's suit claims police did announce themselves as police. Taylor was killed when police returned fire.

None of the officers involved have been directly charged in Taylor's death. 

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