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Two Shreveport police officers involved in the shooting death of a local man have been cleared of criminal wrongdoing.
22-year-old DeEric Bailey was shot as he attempted to flee from police early on the morning of August 18, 2012. According to the Shreveport Police Department, Bailey refused to stop when Officer Jennifer Monereau attempted to pull him over in his tan Lincoln Town car in downtown Shreveport, instead traveling in the wrong lanes on Cotton Street and Fairfield Avenue before entering I20.
During the pursuit, they say Bailey struck the vehicle of an unsuspecting motorist and continued westbound on I20 just west of the Linwood Avenue exit ramp, where he lost control and hit a concrete barrier.
According to a statement released by SPD, as officers approached Bailey's vehicle, he refused to comply with their commands. In an attempt to flee again, they say Bailey almost ran over one of the passengers who had jumped out of the vehicle when it struck the barrier.
It was then that police say Officer Hai Phan fired multiple shots at Bailey, after which Bailey drove off before coming to a stop at the top of an embankment beyond the shoulder of the interstate.
Bailey was taken to LSU Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His blood alcohol content (BAC) was determined to be .304. The legal limit of impairment is .08.
The Caddo Parish District Attorney's office on Friday released a copy of their official findings in their review of the incident, concluding that Cpl. Hai Phan and Cpl. Jennifer Monereau "acted reasonably in dealing with a dangerous and out-of-control motorist on Interstate 20 who posed an immediate threat to the occupants of the fleeing vehicle, officers at the scene and the driving public."
Click here for the full official findings by the Caddo Parish District Attorney's Office.
According to the official findings, "The events which led to the death of DeEric Bailey were directly caused by Bailey himself. Bailey repeatedly failed to stop when confronted with lawful direction and orders to stop his dangerous behavior. Bailey failed to stop at the intersection of Common at Cotton streets when initially contacted by a police vehicle with emergency lights. Bailey failed to stop on Cotton St., Marshall Street and Fairfield Avenue when confronted with a police vehicle with lights and siren. Bailey failed to stop before entering I-20. Bailey failed to stop as a result of the screams of his passengers to do so.
Bailey failed to stop after striking the rear of a westbound Toyota Camry on I-20. Bailey failed to stop after driving off the right shoulder of I-20 into the grass. Bailey failed to stop before reentering I-20, spinning out and crashing into the center dividing barrier. Bailey failed to stop when ordered to do so by Cpl. Phan while he was attempting to drive forward off of the concrete barrier. Bailey failed to stop before reversing his vehicle toward persons behind his vehicle. Bailey failed to stop after likely being shot and attempting to drive back into traffic."
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