Myles Cosgrove is one of the three white Louisville Metro Police Department officers involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor. The victim was a 26-year-old African-American emergency room technician for the University of Louisville Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, United States.
On March 13, 2020, Cosgrove and his fellow LMPD offers Jonathan Mattingly and Brett Hankison were conducting an investigation centered on Jamarcus Cordell Glover and Adrian Orlandes Walker. The three cops raided Taylor’s apartment in southwest Jefferson County while she and boyfriend Kenneth Walker were asleep.
Kenneth thought they were broken into so he fired his gun and shot Mattingly in the leg. In response, Cosgrove, Hankison and Mattingly and blindly fired at least 22 gunshots into the building, some of which entered other apartments and Taylor.
After being shot eight times, Taylor died in the hall of the apartment. It was Cosgrove who fired the shot that killed Taylor, which the grand jury considered justifiable, NBC News quoted Kentucky attorney general Daniel Cameron as saying.
Cosgrove worked in the LMPD’s 8th, 4th and 6th divisions. Here are 13 more facts about the Louisville cop:
- He was born in 1978.
- The LMPD hired him in May 2005. He graduated from the police academy on November 19, 2005.
- He received 16 letters of appreciation from 2001 to 2004, 10 commendations for various achievements from 2006 to 2016, three of which were given in 2015, and 18 letters of commendation from 2006 to 2017. From suspension, he returned to work in May 2007.
- In December 2006, he shot 11 times at a car at a Speedway gas station in Louisville’s East End so the driver named Arthur L. Satterly and the passengers sued him for excessive force arresting them without probable cause. He was temporarily placed on paid administrative leave while that shooting was under investigation and Judge Charles R. Simpson, a federal judge, found that he had sufficient facts to pull the car over.
- He received written reprimands in 2008 and 2010. In November 2008, a community member filed a complaint with the LMPD and he was reprimanded in June 2009 for making very unprofessional comments to the community member.
- In 2009, he received a letter of reprimand for his failure to exercise patience and diplomacy when dealing with a member of the public.
- In 2014, he was commended for his excellent attention to detail after turning the service of an arrest warrant into the dismantling of an active meth lab.
- In 2016, he was suspended for skipping a court hearing. He was credited with deescalating an incident in 2016 involving the Crisis Intervention Team of Louisville, during which an individual was firing a gun in his apartment and at responding officers.
- From the 8th Division, he was promoted to the LMPD’s narcotics division in November 2016.
- He failed to file an incident report in 2017 and received a written reprimand for it in 2018.
- He, Hankison and Mattingly were not charged with firing at or killing Taylor during a grand jury proceeding on September 23, 2020.
- Represented by Jarrod Beck, he was served with a pre-termination letter by LMPD interim chief Yvette Gentry on December 29, 2020.
- On January 5, 2021, the LMPD fired him for using of deadly force when he fired 16 rounds into Taylor’s home and for failing to activate his body camera at the time.
(This is a developing story. More details will be added.)