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Trial begins for sole former officer charged in Breonna Taylor raid

Hankison is accused of firing shots that endangered Breonna Taylor’s neighbors.

The first closing arguments will take place on Wednesday in the trial of the only Louisville, Kentucky police officer charged in connection with the “no hit” search that killed Breonna Taylor.

Brett Hankison is charged with three counts of wanton first-degree endangerment of Taylor’s neighbors. He allegedly fired shots endangering three people who were inside an apartment just behind Taylor’s.

Hankison was fired from the Louisville Police Department after the March 2020 shooting.

Hankison is the only officer charged in connection with the incident and no officer has been charged with shooting Taylor.

The fatal shooting took place shortly after midnight on March 13, 2020. Taylor, a 26-year-old black medical worker, was sleeping at home with her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker.

Officers arrived and executed a “no-hit” search warrant as part of an investigation into a suspected drug operation allegedly linked to Taylor’s ex-boyfriend.

Walker, who claims he thought the officers were intruders, fired one shot, hitting an officer in the leg. In response, police opened fire and Taylor was shot multiple times. No drugs were found in Taylor’s apartment.

Hankison pleaded not guilty. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison.

Two other officers involved were also fired from the police department: the officer who fired the shot that killed Taylor according to ballistics analysis and the officer who prepared the search warrant.

Kiara Alfonseca of ABC News contributed to this report.

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