Shively Animal Clinic shooting death of TJ Taylor no charges filed

The exterior of the Shively Animal Clinic in Louisville.  May 17, 2023

The Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney will not pursue charges against the woman who shot and killed a Shively Animal Clinic employee at the business last month, citing evidence that showed the shooter was acting in self-defense.

In a Wednesday release, Commonwealth’s Attorney Gerina Whethers said a grand jury examining the case had returned a no true bill, meaning not enough evidence was found to put forward criminal charges against a defendant. That jury had considered charges of second-degree manslaughter and reckless homicide.

The Courier Journal is not naming the woman because she is not facing any charges in the incident.

The shooting took place May 14 at the bustling Shively Animal Clinic. Trent Taylor Jr., an employee of the business who was described by a family member at the time as a “protector” working to keep coworkers and family members on site safe, was killed.

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