The police account of an officer involved shooting that left one man dead and an officer injured is now under criticism by the family of the suspect and an eyewitness.
According to the Shreveport Police Department, Police attempted to stop a vehicle near Cotton Street and Common Street around 4 a.m. Saturday morning for a traffic violation when the driver tried to elude the police. Officers pursued the vehicle until he crashed into a barrier on Interstate 20. When an officer approached the vehicle the driver attempted to flee again almost running over one of the car's passengers. One officer fired multiple shots at the driver of the car. The driver drove off eventually bringing his car to a complete stop. The suspect was pronounced dead at LSUHSC.
The suspect has been identified to News 12 as 22 year old Deerick Bailey by his Aunt Jimmerlynn Glover.
"I would like to get answers," says Glover. "I'm hearing he was over-killed by the police."
Glover says that passengers in the car have reported to her a different account of events. She also says she has not received a response from police for more information.
An eyewitness has come forward claiming to have seen the event take place and says the police officers used excessive force.
"The police were not even in front of the car," says Roderick Washington. "The guy didn't have a chance to run over nobody…They unloaded on this man…I know if ya'll check that car I know that car has all of thirty bullets in it or more."
Shreveport Police Public Information Officer Marcus Hines did comment on the status of the investigation.
"Right now we are in the early phases of the investigation. Facts are still coming in so there is still very limited information that we provide simply because we want to preserve the integrity of the investigation," says Hines.
The names of the police officers are not being released at this time. One officer suffered minor injuries. The officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
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