Coroner names man shot dead by police

(Christian Piekos/KSLA News 12)
Updated: Sep. 16, 2018 at 2:59 PM CDT
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One person was killed and two others were wounded in two separate officer-involved shootings Sept. 15-16 in Shreveport.

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - The Caddo Parish Coroner’s Office has identified the man shot dead by police after allegedly holding a woman hostage.

According to John Prime, public information officer, 31-year old Jerry Foster was killed following the incident. An autopsy has been ordered in the case.

Police say Foster was shot by a Shreveport police officer.

The officer is on paid leave while the shooting is investigated.

It happened Sunday afternoon in the front yard of a residence on San Jacinto Avenue.

Officers responded to reports of a disorderly person on San Jacinto immediately north of Greenbriar Drive 2 at 1:08 p.m., Caddo 911 dispatch records show.

“As officers traveled to the scene, dispatchers informed them that a man was reportedly on scene armed with a handgun,” police Cpl. Angie Willhite said.

“The man was said to be firing shots and was allegedly holding a woman at gunpoint.”

One officer fired his service weapon, Willhite said.

“The officer fired at least one shot, striking the suspect in the upper body.”

At 1:35 p.m., a Shreveport Fire Department medic unit was sent to a medical emergency at the same location in the 1400 block of San Jacinto.

Foster was taken to University Health, where he was pronounced dead.

The woman and the officer were not hurt, authorities said.

A neighbor described the man and woman as a couple who previously had been arguing.

The neighbor, who asked not to be identified, said police told the man “Put your hands up. Let me see your hands, please.”

Commands to “Get down, get down” could be heard, he said.

The neighbor said he heard two gunshots.

The San Jacinto address is the same residence where officers were summoned about 5 a.m. Sunday to investigate reports of gunfire in which vehicles were struck, authorities said.

“The suspect fired shots prior to us getting there,” Willhite said.

The suspected gunman fled.

Authorities said he is the same person who was killed that afternoon.

His death marks the second officer-involved shooting this weekend.

The two who were shot Saturday were taken to University Health for treatment of what authorities described as life-threatening wounds.

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