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Review finds BCPD fatal officer-involved shooting justified, suspect had toy gun

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Larry Jerrils, 58 (Source: Michigan Department of Corrections) Larry Jerrils, 58 (Source: Michigan Department of Corrections)
Investigators were at the scene outside a Payless Shoe store on Airline Dr. well into the night after 2 Bossier City police officers were involved in a shooting that killed 58-year-old Larry Jerrils. Investigators were at the scene outside a Payless Shoe store on Airline Dr. well into the night after 2 Bossier City police officers were involved in a shooting that killed 58-year-old Larry Jerrils.
BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - The man who was shot and killed by a Bossier City police officer last month as police were responding to an armed robbery call at a local business was brandishing a toy gun, according to BCPD.

According to a statement released by the police department Thursday afternoon, a review of the June 12 officer-involved shooting has been completed by BCPD and the Bossier Parish District Attorney's office, and it has found that the shooting was justified.

The following is quoted from the statement released on Thursday afternoon:

On June 12, 2014 just before 8 p.m., Officers Andrew Nichols and Kevin Wooten responded to a silent hold up alarm at the Payless ShoeSource store in the 2000 block of Airline Drive. The officers arrived on the scene within a few minutes and before entering the store, they were alerted by an employee inside that there was trouble after Officer Wooten used a hand signal asking her if she was OK. The employee responded by shaking her head “no.”

Both officers then entered the store and encountered the suspect, later identified as Larry Allan Jerrils, 58, of Walker, Michigan. The officers ordered Jerrils multiple times to show his hands and surrender however he refused. During this time Jerrils placed his hand inside the front of his jacket, leading officers to believe that he was armed with a weapon. Jerrils continued to ignore the officers’ commands and then ran out of the store.

The officers pursued Jerrils on foot as he ran north along the storefront and then turned west on the north side of the building towards his parked car. Officer Nichols caught up with Jerrils and grabbed him with his hand at which time Jerrils turned toward the officers and pulled a gun from his waistband. In response to Jerrils action both officers fired multiple rounds from their service weapons at Jerrils.

Jerrils was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police later found that the firearm Jerrils pulled out as the officers were attempting to take him into custody was a toy gun.

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