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1 fatally shot at Breonna Taylor protest in Louisville park

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Louisville police investigating shooting at Breonna Taylor protests

Taylor's boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, who reportedly was a licensed gun owner, shot at officers when they attempted to enter the apartment, and the officers returned fire.

A suspect has been arrested after a man was shot dead during a protest in Kentucky over the killing of Breonna Taylor.

"We are now working an active police situation at Jefferson Square Park", Louisville police said in a statement. Another person from the incident was found near the Hall of Justice, which is across the street from the park. That individual was transported to the hospital with injuries that were not life threatening.

Officers cleared the park and police "are trying to gather as much information as possible in order to identify all who were involved in the incident", the statement said.

Police are investigating but no information has been released about arrests, or details about the victims.

Louisville Metro Police Department vehicles block off the scene of the shooting on Saturday
Louisville Metro Police Department vehicles block off the scene of the shooting on Saturday

"Over the past few weeks, there have been several social media posts about [a] planned protest, so it is hard to know exactly who will show up on Saturday", Louisville Metro Police spokeswoman Jessie Halladay said in a statement. In one video posted on social media, a seemingly motionless body can be seen on the ground in the park in a pool of blood as people shout for medics to help. The person's name was not immediately released. We continue to support the peaceful exercise of free speech.

Louisville Metro police said in a statement that there were reports of shots fired in Jefferson Square Park about 9pm on Saturday, adding that there were also calls saying the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department tried to resuscitate a man who later died. "It is a tragedy that this area of peaceful protest is now a crime scene", Mayor Greg Fischer tweeted. The Saturday night shooting was not the first time protesters were injured in the city. Seven people were wounded May 28 when gunfire erupted near City Hall, prompting a statement from Taylor's mother asking people to demand justice "without hurting each other".

Her death in March helped fuel a campaign against racism and police brutality in the United States that has since spread across the globe. Walker has said he thought he was defending the couple from an intruder.

Taylor, an EMT, was killed in March after police officers forced their way inside her home.

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