Kentucky U.S. Attorney’s Office charged a man Sunday after he allegedly pleaded for money and offered to shoot down police officers in exchange. This man made this offer on FB live.
His name is Cortez Lamont Edwards, and he alledgedly held an AR-style pistol as he was streaming live and asking for money. He was asking for $30,000 to gun down Louisville Metro Police Department officers, and his entire plea was recorded live on social media.
Edwards was soon arrested where he sat on his couch when police executed a search warrant.
The DOJ wrote:
“Louisville needs healing and safety for its citizens, not armed felons seeking bids to shoot police,” U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman said in the release. “Federal law enforcement here will continue to respond as one to swiftly mitigate threats to our city.”
Edwards who is 29 years old has been charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and he can be sentenced to as many as 10 years in prison. Accoding to his release details authorities also recovered a 9mm Glock 19 handgun when they arrested Edwards. There was a toddler near the man when officers entered the home as reported by police.
Currently the investigation is being led by multiple law enforcement agencies including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Louisville Metro Police Department, Homeland Security Investigtions, the U.S. Marshal Service and teh Secret Service, as detailed in the release.
This wave of unrest proceeds the recent grand jury decision to charge only one of the three officers involved in the death of Breonna Taylor.
Recently on the streets of Louisville, Kentucky:
Two Louisville Police Officers have been shot amid growing unrest after the grand jury decision on the Breonna Taylor case. The police officers were shot just before 8:30pm Wednesday night.
The incident happened shortly after the Kentucky grand jury brought no murder charges against the police officers who were at the scene of Taylor’s death. Brett Hankison, one of the police officers involved in the case was indicted for wanton endangerment. He blindly fired 10 shots into Taylor’s apartment after one of his colleagues was shot in the leg by Taylor’s boyfriend. There are future potential violations of federal law in connection with the raid that are presently being investigated by the FBI.
At the current time it remains unclear if Wednesday’s shootings are related to the protests following the court’s decision. Both officers have been transported to University Hospital.
Tuesday evening, Black Lives Matter protesters and agitators had already started their protest march from Jefferson Square Park to Broadway. The National Guard was deployed according to reporters.
The FBI Louisville SWAT team responded to the shooting incident and will continue to assist in the investigation. At this time there is no further information on the shooting or the officer’s condition.
Unlawful assembly has already been declared in Louisville.
Update: The police statement was very brief. Two officers were shot and both are in stable condition with non-life threatening injures. One is in surgery. A suspect has been arrested.