Shreveport, LA(KSLA)- Shreveport Police are investigating a police-involved shooting incident. It happened around 5:45 PM near Woodlawn High School at the intersection of Brushy Lane and Wyngate Blvd in the Cedar Grove residential area.
A Shreveport Police officer tried to pull a suspect over for a criminal violation, but the driver of the silver SUV kept driving. According to police, the driver stopped his car approximately a mile after he was initially signaled to pull over.
The preliminary investigation revealed that after the vehicle stopped, one suspect exited the vehicle occupied by two others. He came out of the car and produced a handgun and refused to drop his gun when his was repeatedly ordered to do so by the officer.
The individual turned toward the officer with weapon in hand. After the suspect again refused to drop the firearm the officer fired his weapon and the suspect fled.
"One of the individuals exited the vehicle with a firearm. An officer ordered the individual to drop the firearm. Eventually the officer fired shots at that suspect," said Shreveport Police Detective Rod Demery.
Other officers arrived on scene and at least one other officer gave chase. The suspect was located approximately a block away, laying in a backyard injured from the gunfire. Again, the suspect was ordered to drop the weapon. Once the weapon was secured, the individual was treated and transported by medic units to LSU Hospital. Police have confirmed that at least one bullet struck the driver and according to the last update, he was in surgery and his condition was unknown.
He was rushed to LSU Hospital and his condition remains unknown.
"These situations are very unfortunate. we don't like to do these types of things, we don't like to engage in the use of deadly force, only as a last resort," said Chief Willie Shaw with the Shreveport Police Department.
Police are still investigating what prompted the suspect to produce and handgun and attempt to flee the scene.
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