Gunman Shoots Cop, Judge Releases Would-Be Killer To Home Incarceration

Holly Matkin

Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Olu Stevens released the suspect who shot LMPD Sgt. John Mattingly.

Louisville, KY – A gunman arrested for attempted murder of a Louisville police sergeant during a recent drug raid has been released to house arrest while he awaits trial.

The attack occurred at an apartment in the 300-block of Springfield Drive at approximately 1 a.m. on March 13, WDRB reported.

Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) Criminal Interdiction Division Sergeant John Mattingly, Detective Myles Cosgrove, and Detective Brent Hankison had gone to the residence to execute a search warrant pertaining to a narcotics investigation, LMPD Public Integrity Unit Spokesperson Ted Eidem said during a press conference.

The officers knocked on the door repeatedly and announced their presence before forcing their way inside, WDRB reported.

They were “immediately met by gunfire,” Eidem said.

Sgt. Mattingly was shot in the upper thigh during the attack, lacerating his femoral artery, WHAS reported.

The three officers immediately returned fire as they made their way to safety, according to WDRB.

The gunman, 27-year-old Kenneth Walker, ultimately surrendered to police.

When the LMPD’s SWAT team searched the residence, they located 26-year-old Breonna Taylor unresponsive inside, WDRB reported.

Taylor had been fatally shot during the exchange of gunfire.

Sgt. Mattingly was rushed to the hospital and taken into surgery, WDRB reported.

He is expected to make a full recovery.

Walker was booked into jail on a charge of attempted murder of a police officer, and his bond was initially set at $250,000.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge the following day, according to WDRB.

Taylor’s family claimed that Walker shot at the officers in self-defense, and said that Taylor was not connected with the suspect police were searching for, WHAS reported.

“This is not a woman who would sacrifice her life and her family morals and values to sell drugs on the street,” a spokesperson for Taylor’s family told the news outlet.

Despite having nearly killed Sgt. Mattingly during a shootout that left Taylor dead, Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Olu Stevens released Walker to home incarceration on Thursday, according to River City Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) President Ryan Nichols.

“The Fraternal Order of Police condemns this Judge’s actions,” Nichols wrote in a statement on Friday. “This man violently attacked our officers, and was charged with attempted murder after shooting a sergeant!”

“Not only is he a threat to the men and women of law enforcement, but he also poses a significant danger to the community we protect,” Nichols said. “Home incarceration was not designed for the most violent offenders!”

The FOP president said that Stevens’ actions “are a slap in the face to everyone wearing a badge,” and that Walker’s release “places our community at risk of further violence.”

He called on the public to “condemn” Stevens’ decision to release Walker, and urged them to support LMPD and to protect their community.

It wasn’t the first time that the judge has been called out for actions he has taken while on the bench.

In 2015, he allegedly accused a couple of instilling racism in their daughter after the girl’s mother told the court that the child had been fearful of black men ever since two armed suspects broke into the family’s home, the Courier Journal reported.

The following year, Stevens was suspended from the bench without pay for 90 days for accusing Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine of being a racist, according to WDRB.

The judge made the allegation after Wine challenged him for dismissing an all-white jury.

It also isn’t the first time Stevens has released a suspect accused of shooting someone, WAVE reported.

Jeremiah Carter was 14 years old when he shot and wounded two spectators at a parade in 2016.

Stevens released him to home incarceration, but Carter was back in custody a year later for fatally shooting an unarmed, 37-year-old man, WAVE reported.

The judge said he was shocked that Carter ended up killing someone after he granted him home incarceration.

But instead of holding Carter responsible for the murder, Stevens went against the prosecutor’s recommendation for a prison sentence and placed him on probation for 25 years, WAVE reported.

Stevens referred to the sentence as a “do-over” for Carter – then 18 – and for himself, according to the news outlet.

“I’m trusting that you mean what you say,” Stevens said during the hearing.

Comments (40)
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JohnPollastro
JohnPollastro

Unbelievable

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Olu A. Stevens received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Morehouse College in Atlanta in 1992 and his J.D. from George Washington University Law School in 1995

Judge Stevens allowed this man to stay on probation, despite the he dealt drugs, threatened his mother, beat his sister.

Judge Stevens was previously suspended in 2016, effectively for about six months, for accusing the top prosecutor of racism...

MSK
MSK

WTF????? Unbelievable!!!!

spd522
spd522

Bet that shooter wouldn't have been sent home if he had been white. Hood rats stick together.

IdiotsEverywher3
IdiotsEverywher3

Time to get that judge out of there. Will the house arrest include officers watching outside round the clock? I highly doubt this guy is going to just stay at home. Get rid of this judge ASAP!!!

st125ealth
st125ealth

I would do a background check on his alleged credentials

XIHP308
XIHP308

This will not end well, history has shown criminals have no remorse and will repeat. As has been shown in this judges decisions by previous decisions resulting in the death by the hands of the criminal.

Schick56
Schick56

Idiot! 😠

Mreid99
Mreid99

This poor excuse of a Judge needs to be ousted and protested at ALL times til he is gone. POS

MICHAEL THE POET
MICHAEL THE POET

THAT JUDGE SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM THE BENCH !

MICHAEL THE POET
MICHAEL THE POET

ANYBODY WHO SHOOTS A COP AND ANYBODY WHO BEATS ON A WOMAN AND ANYBODY WHO RAPES A WOMAN AND ANYBODY WHO HURTS A CHILD IN THAT TERRIBLE WAY THEY SHOULD BE PUT TO DEATH IT WILL SEND A STRONG MESSAGE TO SOCIETY THAT WE WILL NOT TOLERATE THAT BAD BEHAVIOR IN AMERICA !

RunCop
RunCop

Piece of fuck judge. NNBS

Kojack$58
Kojack$58

Why is this idiot still on the bench. He needs to be charged for judicial misconduct and disbarred.

Horsehead
Horsehead

"Taylor’s family claimed that Walker shot at the officers in self-defense, and said that Taylor was not connected with the suspect police were searching for, WHAS reported."

Thugs hate it when the rabble stands in their way.

chiefd
chiefd

That judge needs to be removed from the bench and disbarred. Also , has an ass kicking coming.

theresacook23
theresacook23

Would he the judge had done that if it was one of his family members? I say hell no he wouldnt of . He would of punished him to the extent of the law. Then to how much was his cut off the drug money from his buddy he set lose.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

Where’s our resident troll LCD when a story like this crops up?

KyleAKracka
KyleAKracka

Hahahahaha! Hateful white people, mad at a black judge doing what white judges do all the time lol. Feels bad doesn’t it? I love it lol.

molon labe
molon labe

Imagine being so out of touch with the public that you think releasing a statement like this would be received well?

Clearly, the public identifies much more easily with the victims in this situation. Most of us would think that a group of people breaking into our homes in the middle of the night would warrant a defensive reaction. Most of us would have reacted the same way as Mr. Walker, meaning that the police would have happily murdered any of us or our families “in the line of duty.”

Pretending that Mr. Walker was some deranged criminal to deflect from the fact that they murdered a civilian is such a despicable act.

Harry30
Harry30

So people mad because this young man was sleep with his girl the police came to serve a no knock warrant. They came to the wrong house the man works for the post office with no criminal background and is a legal gun owner. He wakes up to noises they kick in his door he shoots to protect his family. His girl is killed during all this a mistake made by the police. The judge knows the truth that's why he sent the young man home. I pray the police come to my house by mistake it will be a different out come I promise.


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