Maj. Aubrey Gregory gets warm welcome

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- After being injured in a shooting Wednesday, Maj. Aubrey Gregory got a warm welcome Thursday from his fellow Louisville Metro Police brothers in blue.

As Gregory walked into a room, his fellow police officers applauded.

Gregory was shot in the leg Wednesday and released from the hospital. Fellow officer Robinson Desroches was shot in the stomach and is recovering from abdominal surgery.

Both were shot during protests in Louisville on Wednesday night.

Metro Councilman Anthony Piagentini, R-19, said he was surprised to see Gregory up and about so soon.

"I found out that he attended his roll call this afternoon and I called him right afterwards and I said, ' What are you doing man? You need to be resting.' And he said I wanted to see my officers and thank them for taking care of me when I was shot," Piagentini said.

River City FOP President Ryan Nichols said his relief at the officers' apparent recovery turned quickly to anger.

"Getting there and hearing the news that they were going to be okay, they were stabilized is a tremendous relief," he said, "and then the anger starts to set in from the acts even occurring."

Nichols said the officers are well respected.

Desroches joined the department in March 2019 and works in the West End.

Gregory has served with LMPD for more than 20 years and has been a leader in the protest efforts.

He might be most widely known for images of him helping Asia Ford across the finish line back in the 2015 Rodes City Run 10K.

Ford said on Facebook Thursday that she's praying for Taylor's family and the two officers and wrote that Gregory has "heart of gold."

Piagentini agreed.

"He's precisely the kind of leader you want," he said. He is again selfless, professional and loves his community."

Police have charged Larynzo Johnson, 26, on two counts of assaulting a police officer and 14 counts of wanton endangerment of a police officer.

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