A Kentucky felon went live on Facebook with a pistol in his hand and asked for $30,000 to shoot a group of Louisville police officers across the street from his home, federal authorities said Sunday.
Cortez Edwards, 29, allegedly live-streamed his disturbing request last Wednesday — the same day it was announced that none of the cops involved in the deadly raid at Breonna Taylor’s apartment would be charged with killing her.
“Louisville needs healing and safety for its citizens, not armed felons seeking bids to shoot police,” U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman said in a statement.
Edwards was holding his weapon with an extended magazine when he offered to shoot an unknown number of Louisville Metro Police Department officers who were investigation a “disturbance” in front of his home, according to a news release.
Special agents from several federal agencies executed a search warrant at the suspect’s home Sunday morning and took him into custody without incident. They found him and a Glock 19 semi-automatic pistol on a couch, not far from a toddler who was in a playpen, prosecutors said.
Edwards was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and was being held without bond Monday at the Oldham County Detention Center, jail records show. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The case is being investigated by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, Homeland Security Investigations and other agencies.
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