Man named in chase, fatal officer-involved shooting

WARNING, GRAPHIC CONTENT: New witness video of fatal officer-involved shooting

SHREVEPORT-CADDO PARISH, LA (KSLA) - The Caddo Parish coroner has released the name of the man who was fatally shot Wednesday after being pursued by Northwest Louisiana law enforcement officers.

Gun reportedly found in suspect's vehicle

Trivenskey O. Odom, 27, of Shreveport, died at the end of a lengthy chase that began in Blanchard and took law enforcement officers through Shreveport before ending at Jewella Avenue at Greenwood Road.

Some residents of that neighborhood said they were shocked by what happened and upset by violence in their city.

“I just feel that Shreveport needs a lot of prayer and time for healing,” said a man who works near Greenwood at Jewella. He declined to provide his name.

Another man who works on Jewella Avenue and wants to remain anonymous said that he fears for his life in Shreveport and that he prays to the Lord to keep everyone safe.

Meantime, Shreveport police, Caddo sheriff’s and Louisiana State Police investigators are continuing their investigation into the chase that led to the officer-involved shooting.

According to an email from Shreveport police, the investigation is still in its early stages.

Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator, Shreveport Police Chief Ben Raymond and Louisiana State Police Commander Cordell Williams are speaking on yesterday’s officer involved shooting on Jewella Avenue at Greenwood Road!

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Officers found a handgun believed to have been used in the incident in the vehicle.

The shooting victim arrived at a Shreveport hospital. His wounds did not appear to be life-threatening, authorities said.

Around 6 p.m., Caddo sheriff’s deputies were contacted and sent to the 5300 block of North Market Street regarding a man who showed up at a residence threatening to harm himself and others inside of the home.

Deputies spotted the Tahoe after the man left the house.

That began the chase that led deputies and Shreveport police officers through parts of northern Caddo Parish, east Shreveport and west Shreveport.

According to authorities involved, the driver fired shots randomly during the chase, narrowly missing innocent people.

Spike strips were set up; however, that did not deter the suspect, according to police.

GRAPHIC WARNING: Below is a video of the incident captured by Facebook user Motown Ant Gutta. Viewer discretion is advised.

RAW: Footage captured on Facebook Live of fatal officer-involved shooting

“During the pursuit, which had been continuing for approximately a half hour, it had become apparent to authorities that the suspect, based on his actions, was willing to continue eluding authorities at all costs and without any regard for the safety of the public, himself or pursuing officers,” according to an email from Shreveport police Cpl. Marcus Hines.

“With this knowledge, law officers in their obligation to protect public safety ended the pursuit at the intersection of Jewella Avenue at Greenwood Road, ultimately being forced to result to lethal force options.”

An autopsy was performed at a Shreveport hospital.

Several people in the neighborhood say they are still shocked about the shooting. They would not disclose their names but are upset about all the recent violence in the city.

“I just feel that Shreveport needs a lot of prayer and time for healing,” a man who works near the scene says.

Another man who works on Jewella Avenue asked to remain anonymous. He says he fears for his life in Shreveport, and that he prays to the Lord to keep everyone safe.

This is a developing story and will be updated by KSLA News 12 as new information becomes available.

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