BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - The man shot and killed by Bossier City police officers Thursday is a registered sex offender with previous convictions for armed robbery and several aliases.
Bossier City police say it was 58-year-old Larry Allan Jerrils of Walker, Mich. who had just robbed the Payless shoe store in the 2000 block of Airline just before 8 p.m. when officers arrived on the scene and tried to stop him from fleeing.
Bossier City spokesman Mark Natale says Jerrils was shot when he turned and brandished a firearm at the officers, who have also now been identified as Andrew Nichols and Kevin Wooten.
Jerrils was pronounced dead at the scene.
One eyewitness described hearing a shot fired and turning to see an officer open fire and a man fall to the pavement just outside Bass Fine Jewelry next to Arby's.
"We heard what was a gunshot, followed there by about 3 or 4 more gunshots - rapid gunshots," recalls Charlie Cavell, who was in the parking lot of a restaurant across the street when it happened. "After the first shot, I kind of leaned to my right a little bit and that's when I saw the two Bossier City police officers, you know, standing over what I can only assume was some kind of suspect."
According to a statement released by BCPD just after Noon on Friday, Nichols joined the Bossier City Police Department in November of 2013 after serving two years as a law enforcement officer with another agency. Wooten has been with the Bossier City Police Department since September of 2013 after serving one year as a law enforcement officer with another agency.
Both officers are assigned to the Patrol Division and have been placed on administrative leave pending investigations by the Internal Affairs Division and Criminal Investigations Division, which are standard procedures in officer involved shootings.
Natale says the investigations remain ongoing. Further details will be released once the investigations along with a review by the Bossier Parish District Attorney's office are complete.