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Two US police officers shot in protests over black woman’s death

Two U.S. police officers have been shot and wounded in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, during protests over black woman Breonna Taylor’s death.

The two police officers have been sent to a university hospital. One is in stable condition and another is in surgery, Acting Chief of Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) Robert Schroeder said at a news briefing held in Louisville Wednesday evening.

One suspect has been in custody, Schroeder said, refusing to disclose more information. He said this is “a very serious and very dangerous condition.”

A citywide curfew has been imposed in Louisville starting from 9 p.m. local time, local media reported.

Protests immediately erupted Wednesday noon in Louisville after none of three officers were charged in the direct killing of Taylor at her apartment. The protests have quickly spread to Washington D.C., New York and Atlanta.

Taylor, 26, was fatally shot by several LMPD officers on March 13 when they were executing a “no-knock” search warrant at her apartment, and gunfire broke out after her boyfriend fired a warning shot because he thought the plainclothes officers were intruders.

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