Breonna Taylor ‘coughed and struggled to breathe’ after being hit with eight bullets, her boyfriend claims.
The 26-year-old was shot by plainclothed officers on March 13 over narcotics believed to be in her possession at her flat in Louiseville, USA. No drugs were found on the property.
She was alive for at least five minutes after being riddled with bullets, according to boyfriend Kenneth Walker, who phoned his mum and screamed for help.
The harrowing incident is the latest to receive widespread support after the death of George Floyd, as campaigners call for the three officers, all white men, to stand trial for the killing of Ms Taylor, a black woman.
Mr Walker told of Ms Taylor’s final moments during a police interview recorded three hours after the initial search.
He said in the recording: “Police are yelling, like, ‘Come out, come out,’ and I’m on the phone with her [mom]. I’m still yelling help because she’s over here coughing, and, like, I’m just freaking out.”
The Courier-Journal reported that for more than 20 minutes Ms Taylor laid where she collapsed in her hallway until around 1.10am and wasn’t given any medical assistance.
“Breonna, who was unarmed in her hallway, was struck by several rounds of gunfire. She was not killed immediately,” attorneys Sam Aguiar and Lonita Baker wrote on behalf of Ms Taylor’s family.
They added: “Rather, she lived for another five to six minutes before ultimately succumbing to her injuries on the floor of her home.”
Police suspected Ms Taylor’s flat was used to receive drugs from a gang situated 10 miles away.
She reportedly dated one of the suspects involved in the drug network.
Officers Brett Hankison, Jon Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove used a battering ram to break down the door and executed a no-knock search warrant to enter without permission.
Mr Walker, who retaliated, thought officers were intruders.
The couple were believed to have been asleep when the incident begun.
No drugs were found on the property.
One police officer has been fired and two others placed on administrative leave.
Outraged Black Lives Matter protestors in the area have called for Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron to reverse the lack of charges brought against the officers.
Over nine million people have signed a petition on Change.org calling for the three police officers to face justice over the death of M Taylor.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s handling of the case is to be investigated.
The Government Oversight and Audit Committee (GOA) of the Louisville Metro Council announced on Monday an investigation “into the action and inaction of the Fischer Administration.”