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Dash cam video of officer-involved shooting released

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Michael Gilyard, 44 (Courtesy: Gilyard family) Michael Gilyard, 44 (Courtesy: Gilyard family)
SPD Cpl. Bryan Lauzon SPD Cpl. Bryan Lauzon
The NAACP & the family of a man killed by a Shreveport Police officer will hold a news conference today. They're responding to the Caddo D.A.'s decision to clear the officer and they're asking the Attorney General and the U.S. Justice Dept. to review the case.
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Shreveport police released the dash cam video of the incident that resulted in the officer-involved shooting death of Michael Gilyard.

Dash cam video of the incident on December 15th shows Shreveport Police Department Cpl. Bryan Lauzon stopping Gilyard who was believed to be acting suspicious. Lauzon got out of his patrol car to question Gilyard and a struggle ensues off camera. During the struggle, Lauzon says he shot Gilyard because he believed Gilyard was reaching for a gun.

Gilyard's family members told KSLA News 12 that the shooting was unjustified. 

"He was trying to kill him because he shot at him more than one time, I was sitting on my bed in my bedroom and I heard all those shots," says Gilyard's mother.

No charges will be filed against Lauzon in the shooting death.

Shreveport Police say patrol officer Corporal Bryan Lauzon was working an off-duty security job at the Fair Park Terrace Apartments at Mertis Avenue in Queensborough when he spotted a man on a bicycle coming from an area where there had been reports of narcotics activity. 

According to Shreveport Police, Officer Lauzon, in full uniform and driving a marked patrol unit, attempted to stop and question the man, later identified as 44-year-old Michael Gilyard. Police say Gilyard began fighting with the officer when he discovered a handgun concealed in his pants.  In the struggle that followed, Gilyard allegedly went for the officer's handgun, prompting Lauzon to fire three shots, striking him once.

Gilyard was later pronounced dead at LSU Hospital.

Caddo Parish District Attorney Charles Scott said Wednesday that Officer Lauzon has been cleared in the fatal shooting, following a thorough investigation into the incident.

"All the evidence clearly shows no wrongdoing in the actions of Officer Lauzon, either during the initial stop of Michael Gilyard or the subsequent altercation which resulted in the shooting," Scott said.

Results of the investigation showed Gilyard was carrying a concealed handgun. Gilyard was also carrying drugs and a large sum of cash at the time he was stopped by Officer Lauzon. Gilyard began fighting the officer for the handgun until he was disarmed and he then began to fight with the officer for control of the officer's weapon.

"Investigators found 16.8 grams of marijuana, 3.8 grams of crack cocaine packaged for individual sale, over $5,000 in cash and a .45 caliber handgun in Gilyard's clothing," Scott said. "A criminal conviction for the possession of the firearm alone would have resulted in a minimum of 10 years in prison for Gilyard."

Lauzon has been on administrative leave since the shooting. Shreveport Police Chief Willie Shaw says he will take the DA's findings into consideration when determining whether Lauzon will be returned to his regular duties.

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