(CNN)A grand jury indicted former Louisville police officer Brett Hankison on three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree in connection with the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor in March.

The charges drew immediate criticism from demonstrators who wanted more serious charges, as well as the arrests of the three officers involved.LIVE UPDATES ON TAYLOR CASEHankison is not charged with causing the death of Taylor. Rather, the police department said, he “wantonly and blindly” fired into her apartment — shooting 10 rounds.According to the Kentucky statute, someone “is guilty of wanton endangerment in the first degree when, under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life, he wantonly engages in conduct which creates a substantial danger of death or serious physical injury to another person.”Read MoreIt is a Class D felony, the lowest of four classes of felonies. The maximum sentence is five years; the minimum is one year.No officers charged directly with Breonna Taylor's deathNo officers charged directly with Breonna Taylor's deathNo officers charged directly with Breonna Taylor's deathIf convicted, Hankison faces five years imprisonment for each count, Attorney General Daniel Cameron said at a press conference Wednesday. A Class A felony — for example, a murder charge — carries a sentence of up to 50 years or life, and a minimum sentence of 20 years.Hankison’s shots came “from outside a sliding glass door and through a bedroom window,” according to a statement from the attorney general’s office. Some of the bullets went through Taylor’s apartment and into one next door, where three people were inside, including a pregnant woman and a child.The three counts are for each of those people in that apartment, and each charge states that “under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to human life,” Hankison “wantonly shot a gun.””There is no conclusive evidence that any bullets fired from Detective Hankison’s weapon struck Ms. Taylor,” the attorney general’s statement said. These are the people at the center of the Breonna Taylor caseThese are the people at the center of the Breonna Taylor caseThese are the people at the center of the Breonna Taylor caseTaylor was shot multiple times in her home by police carrying out a drug investigation. Her death sparked months of protests and has garnered attention across the country. Cameron told reporters that the officers were “justified in their use of force” because Taylor’s boyfriend fired at them first.Sgt. John Mattingly and Det. Myles Cosgrove were not charged. Of the 22 shots fired by the two that night, six struck Taylor, according to the attorney general, and “medical evidence shows that Ms. Taylor would have died from the fatal shot within seconds to two minutes after being struck.”Retired Sgt. Betsy Brantner Smith, spokesperson for the National Police Association, said situations such as the officers were in that night are “very dangerous” and “dynamic.””The officers have no choice. They can’t just run away, and they can’t just stand there and get killed,” Smith said.In pictures: Breonna Taylor decision sparks protestsIn pictures: Breonna Taylor decision sparks protests Photos: In pictures: Breonna Taylor decision sparks protestsChristina Johnson chants Breonna Taylor's name as three women huddle following the grand jury announcement in Louisville on Wednesday, September 23.  Christina Johnson chants Breonna Taylor's name as three women huddle following the grand jury announcement in Louisville on Wednesday, September 23.  Photos: In pictures: Breonna Taylor decision sparks protestsChristina Johnson chants Breonna Taylor’s name as three women huddle following the grand jury announcement in Louisville on Wednesday, September 23. Hide Caption 1 of 15Police confront protesters during a demonstration in Louisville.Police confront protesters during a demonstration in Louisville. Photos: In pictures: Breonna Taylor decision sparks protestsPolice confront protesters during a demonstration in Louisville.Hide Caption 2 of 15Protesters fill the streets of Louisville following the announcement from the state's attorney general. Protesters fill the streets of Louisville following the announcement from the state's attorney general. Photos: In pictures: Breonna Taylor decision sparks protestsProtesters fill the streets of Louisville following the announcement from the state’s attorney general. Hide Caption 3 of 15A Louisville police officer fires a pepper ball gun into a crowd of protesters.A Louisville police officer fires a pepper ball gun into a crowd of protesters. Photos: In pictures: Breonna Taylor decision sparks protestsA Louisville police officer fires a pepper ball gun into a crowd of protesters.Hide Caption 4 of 15Nicole Hayden reacts to the grand jury decision on Wednesday.Nicole Hayden reacts to the grand jury decision on Wednesday. Photos: In pictures: Breonna Taylor decision sparks protestsNicole Hayden reacts to the grand jury decision on Wednesday.Hide Caption 5 of 15A protester offers a detained man water.A protester offers a detained man water. Photos: In pictures: Breonna Taylor decision sparks protestsA protester offers a detained man water.Hide Caption 6 of 15Louisville police officers detain protesters following the announcement.Louisville police officers detain protesters following the announcement. Photos: In pictures: Breonna Taylor decision sparks protestsLouisville police officers detain protesters following the announcement.Hide Caption 7 of 15A woman confronts a National Guard vehicle.A woman confronts a National Guard vehicle. Photos: In pictures: Breonna Taylor decision sparks protestsA woman confronts a National Guard vehicle.Hide Caption 8 of 15A Breonna Taylor supporter yells to journalists covering a protest. A Breonna Taylor supporter yells to journalists covering a protest. Photos: In pictures: Breonna Taylor decision sparks protestsA Breonna Taylor supporter yells to journalists covering a protest. Hide Caption 9 of 15A member of the National Guard patrols a section of downtown Louisville. A member of the National Guard patrols a section of downtown Louisville. Photos: In pictures: Breonna Taylor decision sparks protestsA member of the National Guard patrols a section of downtown Louisville. Hide Caption 10 of 15A demonstrator confronts a police officer during a protest. The Taylor killing has spurred national Black Lives Matter protests and placed a greater focus on how policing impacts Black women. A demonstrator confronts a police officer during a protest. The Taylor killing has spurred national Black Lives Matter protests and placed a greater focus on how policing impacts Black women. Photos: In pictures: Breonna Taylor decision sparks protestsA demonstrator confronts a police officer during a protest. The Taylor killing has spurred national Black Lives Matter protests and placed a greater focus on how policing impacts Black women. Hide Caption 11 of 15People had gathered in Louisville in anticipation of the decision. In the months since her death, Taylor's plight has been taken up not only by demonstrators but by celebrities like NBA star LeBron James and Oprah Winfrey, who put the EMT on the cover of her namesake magazine.People had gathered in Louisville in anticipation of the decision. In the months since her death, Taylor's plight has been taken up not only by demonstrators but by celebrities like NBA star LeBron James and Oprah Winfrey, who put the EMT on the cover of her namesake magazine. Photos: In pictures: Breonna Taylor decision sparks protestsPeople had gathered in Louisville in anticipation of the decision. In the months since her death, Taylor’s plight has been taken up not only by demonstrators but by celebrities like NBA star LeBron James and Oprah Winfrey, who put the EMT on the cover of her namesake magazine.Hide Caption 12 of 15A woman cries out after the charges were announced. A woman cries out after the charges were announced. Photos: In pictures: Breonna Taylor decision sparks protestsA woman cries out after the charges were announced. Hide Caption 13 of 15Names of victims of police shootings are seen on a boarded-up business in downtown Louisville.Names of victims of police shootings are seen on a boarded-up business in downtown Louisville. Photos: In pictures: Breonna Taylor decision sparks protestsNames of victims of police shootings are seen on a boarded-up business in downtown Louisville.Hide Caption 14 of 15People covered Jefferson Square in Louisville with signs and flowers memorializing Breonna Taylor while waiting for the announcement in her case.People covered Jefferson Square in Louisville with signs and flowers memorializing Breonna Taylor while waiting for the announcement in her case. Photos: In pictures: Breonna Taylor decision sparks protestsPeople covered Jefferson Square in Louisville with signs and flowers memorializing Breonna Taylor while waiting for the announcement in her case.Hide Caption 15 of 1501 breonna tayor protests 0923 RESTRICTED07 louisville police confrontation 092302 breonna taylor protests 0923 07 breonna taylor protests 092311 breonna taylor protests 0923 RESTRICTED04 louisville police confrontation 092312 breonna taylor protests 0923 10 breonna taylor protests 0923 RESTRICTED03 breonna taylor protests 0923 RESTRICTED04 breonna taylor protests 0923 05 breonna taylor protests 0923 08 breonna taylor protests 0923 03 louisville taylor reaction 0923 06 breonna taylor protests 0923 09 breonna taylor protests 0923 “It was a very good decision on the part of the state to put this before a grand jury,” Smith said. “It’s a convened group of citizens. So, the citizens of the state, or some citizens of the state of Kentucky, made this decision based on the facts presented.”Professor Philip Stinson with the Criminal Justice Program at Bowling Green State University in Ohio said he wasn’t surprised by the lesser charges. Stinson keeps a tally of on-duty police shootings and the consequences, and of the some 1,000 of these each year, “and only a handful of times each year . . . is an officer charged with murder or manslaughter resulting from these shootings.”While officers can legally use deadly force if they feel they are imminent danger, that’s a hard sell for prosecutors who have to explain that to victims’ families, Stinson said. Ben Crump, an attorney for Taylor’s family, railed against the charges, saying they should have been “wanton murder.””How ironic and typical that the only charges brought in this case were for shots fired into the apartment of a white neighbor, while no charges were brought for the shots fired into the Black neighbor’s apartment or into Breonna’s residence,” Crump said in a statement. “This amounts to the most egregious disrespect of Black people, especially Black women, killed by police in America, and it’s indefensible, regardless of how Attorney General Daniel Cameron seeks to justify it.”

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