Homicide suspect dies during shootout with law officers

He was accused of killing a woman last week then shooting at a deputy Monday who wanted to question him about her death

Homicide suspect killed in shootout with deputy, troopers
Homicide suspect endangered a number of people as he tried to get away

CADDO PARISH, La (KSLA) — The Shreveport homicide suspect who was accused of shooting at a law officer Monday afternoon was killed in a shootout with more law officers early Tuesday afternoon, according to Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Cindy Chadwick.

A Facebook post just after 12:30 p.m. Tuesday stated that 28-year-old Derek Swanson had been placed in custody.

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About two hours later, a news release was issued stating that he “was fatally injured during a shootout with law enforcement after he broke into a house in the 8700 block of South Lakeshore Drive."

Swanson was being sought on a charge of second-degree murder in connection with the death of his girlfriend Taylor Baskin.

Derek Swanson, 28, is 5'7, 160 lbs., with brown hair. He has tattoos on his arms and back. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, no shirt, and no shoes.
Derek Swanson, 28, is 5'7, 160 lbs., with brown hair. He has tattoos on his arms and back. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, no shirt, and no shoes. (Source: CPSO)

He had been on the run since Monday afternoon. A deputy was sent to Jefferson Paige Road near Clim Lane about 1 p.m. that day to follow up on a tip that Swanson was in the area.

When the deputy spotted a man he believed to be Swanson, he left his patrol car and tried to speak to the man. That man then pulled out a gun and shot at the deputy but did not hit him, authorities report. The deputy returned fire. It’s still unknown whether the man was hit.

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After the exchange of gunfire, Swanson fled into the woods. Deputies had since been on foot and using K-9s, a helicopter and a drone to search for him in an area along Jefferson Paige Road.

While on the run, Sheriff Steve Prator said, Swanson broke into an occupied house near Jefferson Paige Road and tried to steal a rifle but left it because it was not loaded. Then he attempted to steal a vehicle on Bradford Road.

At 12:13 p.m. today, a woman called the Sheriff’s Office to report that someone was breaking into her home while she was inside. A sheriff’s deputy and three Louisiana state troopers who had been helping with the manhunt responded to the call.

“They had just arrived outside when Swanson exited the house and fired at the deputy and one of the troopers,” the news release states.

In response, all four law officers fired their patrol rifles. Swanson died at the scene.

None of the officers was injured.

This is a developing story. Stay with KSLA News 12 for updates.

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