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No charges in Shively Animal Clinic shooting, grand jury says

While the Commonwealth’s Attorney Office said evidence points to Taylor being the initial aggressor, TJ’s father, Trent Taylor Sr., said that’s not who his son was.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The woman accused of shooting and killing an employee at the Shively Animal Clinic in May will not be indicated on any charges, according to the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

Trent Taylor, 21, was shot and killed at the animal clinic on May 14.

Attorney Gerina D. Whethers said a Jefferson County Grand Jury considered second-degree manslaughter and reckless homicide charges against the woman who shot Taylor, but found there wasn’t enough evidence to support those charges.

WHAS11 has elected not to release the woman’s name as she has not been indicated on any charges.

“The evidence in the case demonstrated that Trent Taylor was shot and killed after he was the initial aggressor against [her] and her spouse,” Whethers said in a news release on Wednesday.

While the Commonwealth’s Attorney Office said evidence points to Taylor being the initial aggressor, TJ’s father, Trent Taylor Sr., said that’s not who his son was.

“I know he wasn’t the aggressor. All they were trying to do was get this woman to leave,” Taylor Sr. said. “He should be here right now. I shouldn’t be walking around with memorial tattoos [and] with an empty bedroom. My son was a great kid.”

The Commonwealth’s Attorney Office said there is video evidence and several witness statements that show Taylor initiating “various levels of violent force” prior to the shooting.

“The various video angles and witness statements show Taylor striking the woman and attacking [her] spouse, and witnesses stated that he slammed his wife against a wall and had his arm across her throat,” Whethers said.


The Taylor family’s attorney, David Mour, believes there’s more to what happened than what’s captured on tape.

“These ladies came in hot,” Mour said. “It resulted in being mad over the way your dog was treated or the way you were billed, or whatever the issue is with the vet clinic. Now, somebody’s dead? Think about that.”

Mour said the Taylor family plans to file a civil suit against the woman who shot TJ soon.

“My son was killed over a dog,” Taylor Sr. said. “A dog.”

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