By Brittany Pieper – email
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) –At 3 a.m. Friday morning police responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle near Medic's Lab at the corner of Olive and Line. When they got there, they didn't find anything out of the ordinary, at first.
"While they were searching for that vehicle they got another call of a person with a gun at the Circle K," said Sgt. Jim Taliafarro with the Shreveport Police Department.
Across the street, Dr. J. Steven Kilpatrick sat in his car. Witnesses say he got out and pointed a gun at the officers.
"They went over there, confronted this individual, who leveled the hand gun. Now the officers believe that this person mechanically loaded the weapon. In other words, racked the slide back and pointed the gun at officers," said Taliaferro.
Police took out their weapons and told Kilpatrick to put his gun away. He did, but officers say he seemed confused and had a delayed reaction. Witnesses described the doctor as in a daze.
Witnesses also said they think Kilpatrick made the original call to police.
"I had heard the same thing, and I can't confirm or deny that call actually came in by the suspect that was arrested," said Taliaferro.
Employees at Medic Pharmacy say they didn't notice anything else out of the ordinary when they got to work today.
"There's no evidence of any tampering, and there's no alarm was triggered," said David Burch.
Officers arrested Kilpatrick for aggravated assault, and booked him into the Shreveport City Jail, but they still don't know why he pulled a gun on police. Kilpatrick has a prior record including two charges of aggravated assault from June of this year.
KSLA News 12 called Kilpatrick's office today, but they declined an interview.