Man shot dead during Breonna Taylor protests in Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — A man who died after he was shot during protests over the death of Breonna Taylor in Jefferson Square Park has been identified.

Tyler Charles Gerth, 27, was pronounced dead in the park shortly after 9pm Saturday, according to the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office.

Authorities said demonstrators had gathered to protest the death of Breonna Taylor, a Black woman who was shot in her home by police earlier this year.

According to reports, Gerth was a University of Kentucky graduate, and a budding photographer. Gerth was active in protests against police brutality in the city, the reports said.

A second person was also injured in the shooting with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said on Sunday that a man had been charged with murder and wanton endangerment over Gerth’s death. The suspect, identified by an arrest citation as Steven Nelson Lopez, was wounded in the leg by gunfire from bystanders at the park who were defending themselves, according to police.