The FBI announced on Thursday that it is opening an investigation into the death of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Louisville, Kentucky, woman who was killed by police on March 13.
Taylor, who was employed as an EMT, was inside her home when police conducted a “no-knock raid” on her home. Thinking the police officers were intruders, Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, allegedly shot at police.
Louisville Metro Police officers returned fire, striking and killing Taylor.
Walker was originally arrested for firing at police, but later was released.
“FBI Louisville has opened an investigation into the shooting of Breonna Taylor,” the FBI said in a statement. “The FBI will collect all available facts and evidence and will ensure that the investigation is conducted in a fair, thorough and impartial manner. As this is an ongoing investigation, we are not able to comment further at this time.”
As the FBI made its announcement, Louisville Metro Police chief Steve Conrad announced he is retiring as chief, amid criticism for his handling of the case.
In his resignation letter, Conrad did not reference the criticism levied against him, nor Taylor’s case directly.
Taylor's death has drawn protests in Louisville over the practice of "no-knock raids," as some in the community have called on the officers responsible to be charged with Taylor's death.