Two people are dead in Caddo Parish, following a chase and shooting involving Shreveport police.
Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator says it all started with multiple calls to police just before 8:30 Wednesday morning about a man threatening a woman with a gun. One caller said they saw the couple in a car at Grimmett Drive and Airport Road and reported that the woman was being held at gunpoint.
Prator says officers spotted the car matching the description on Grimmett Drive in Shreveport and began to pursue the vehicle. Witnesses said it appeared that the woman attempted to get out of the car near Ute Trail and Grimmett. Officers behind the suspect's vehicle then reported hearing shots fired.
"And it's right around the corner from us. and we didn't know," said Cherokee Park resident, Debra Holmes.
The chase continued on to Dixie Shreveport Road (Hwy 3049), turning on to George Road, when Prator says the man got out of the car and started shooting at officers. One of the officer's vehicles was hit by the gunfire. Prator says the officers returned fire, shooting the man.
The suspect, 42 year-old Donnie Ray Plater, was pronounced dead at the scene, along with the 34-year-old female that was in the car with him. She has been identified as Cindy Johnson West of Shreveport.
KSLA News 12 caught up with a friend of the couple who says he is shocked by Wednesday's events.
"This is really shocking because Donnie is a great guy," says Daryl Williams. Williams says he has known Donnie for years, and that he was a religious man. "He was talking about God. We talked about ministry all the time."
Neighbors, also mentioned that the couple was separated.
Prator says the whole incident lasted 7 minutes, from the first call at 8:28 a.m. to the end of the chase at 8:35 a.m. No officers were injured.
The Shreveport Police Department released the names of the officers involved late Wednesday afternoon. In accordance with departmental policy, Shreveport Police Corporals Daniel Denby, hired by the department in February of 2000, and Michael Welch, hired by the department in March of 2005, were placed on paid administrative leave this afternoon by Chief of Police Willie Shaw.
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