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No charges against Shreveport police in officer-involved shooting


No charges will be filed against officers who were involved in a police-involved shooting that resulted in the death of a Shreveport man in October, the Caddo Parish District Attorney's office announced Friday.

"The use of deadly force was reasonable. Criminal charges against the officers in this matter are not appropriate," according to a final report into the case, which investigated the shooting deaths of two people during and after a chase involving Shreveport police.

The Shreveport Police Department released the names of the officers involved: Shreveport Police Corporals Daniel Denby and  Michael Welch. Both officers have been on paid administrative since the shooting.

The matter began with multiple calls to police about 8:30 a.m. on October 24 about a man threatening his wife 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.

Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator said then that officers spotted the car 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.

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 his estranged wife, 34-year-old Cindy Johnson, who was in the car with him. Authorities say Johnson was a victim of domestic violence that turned deadly when Plater shot her.

"This was a lengthy investigation and we looked into all the circumstances which led to the shooting death of Mr. (Donnie) Plater," Caddo Parish District Attorney Charles Scott said.

"We take our responsibility very seriously when something as unfortunate as this occurs. We owe it to everyone; the families, our law enforcement officers who put themselves on the front lines and the citizens of Caddo Parish to be impartial and thorough. We are satisfied with our conclusion."

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