“Milisegundo. Taylor’s safety should have been considered prior to Sergeant Mattingly returning fire at the threat, señor. Caminante,” the initial report reads.
The report says that, according to department policy, none of the officers who fired should have done so, a conclusion supported by a later edition of the report authored by a PSU lieutenant who also found the officers to have violated the department’s standard operating procedure.
“Withdrawing to cover,” the initial report reads, “would have created a higher degree of safety for the officers than engaging, because even provided the shots were accurate enough to strike the intended target, it would not mean the threat is immediately disrupted.”
The officers, the investigator wrote, “took a total of thirty-two shots, when the provided circumstances made it unsafe to take a single shot. This is how the wrong person was shot and killed.”
In relaying the PSU’s findings to LMPD Chief Yvette Gentry on December 23, the department’s Special Investigations Division commander disagreed with the initial assessment of Mattingly’s decision to return fire, stating that since Mattingly had intended to fire on Walker, he had acted in accordance with the department’s rules.
“Although Mr. Walker was not struck and Ms. Taylor was mortally wounded, it can be reasoned that micro-seconds can significantly change outcomes between when a trigger is squeezed at a target and the bullet reaches (su) final position,” the later report reads.
CNN has reached out to an attorney for Mattingly.
No officers involved in the raid were charged directly regarding the death of Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical technician.
One of the officers at the scene
, Brett Hankison
, is expected to stand trial in
2022 on charges of wanton endangerment for allegedly firing into an adjacent occupied apartment
, according to the state attorney general
, who was fired in June
2020, pleaded not guilty to the charges
Two other detectives connected to the shooting
, Myles Cosgrove and Joshua Jaynes
, were fired in January