SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Shreveport police have confirmed that the man shot in an exchange of gunfire with officers Sunday morning has died of his injuries.
Police were called to the 3200 block of Exposition Ave. around 10:48 a.m. on reports two females were being held hostage at a home.
"A female victim had called in to the department that she and at least one other victim had been held hostage," said Bill Goodin, Chief Administrative Assistant with the Shreveport Police Department.
When officers arrived on the scene, patrolmen contacted the 16 and 19-year-old females who told them the suspect, armed with a handgun, held them since about 4:00 a.m. Sunday morning but finally left the residence just before 11:00 a.m. giving them an opportunity to call police.
The victims reportedly told authorities that they believed the suspect had gone back to his home in the 3100 block of Boss Avenue, directly behind their house on Exposition Ave.
As officers went to the Boss Ave. address in attempts to find the suspect, his estranged wife arrived on the scene at the house on Exposition Ave. to check on the victims. Police say the suspect confronted his wife there and fired at least two gunshots at her. The man then reportedly fired another shot as he was fleeing the scene. He then reportedly ran to the intersection of Alabama Ave. and Greenwood Rd. where he fired another shot at pursuing officers.
"Not again, and in my neighborhood, in my district. I just can't - I don't understand," said Shreveport Councilman Jerry Bowman Jr., in response to another shooting in his district. "If anyone turns to fire toward one of our policemen? They did their job."
Authorities say four officers returned fire, striking the man multiple times. The suspect was taken to University Health hospital by the Shreveport Fire Department where he later died.
"This is a tragedy for all involved," said Goodin.
No other injuries were reported.
The suspect's name is not being released at this time pending appropriate notification.
The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave as is standard procedure.