Bossier DA clears BCPD officers of wrongdoing in fatal shooting of man in August

“The officers’ actions and resulting consequences, including the death of Mr. Jefferson, were justified”
34-year-old Jonathan Jefferson, according to multiple police sources, was armed with a knife...
34-year-old Jonathan Jefferson, according to multiple police sources, was armed with a knife when shot by police.(KSLA/Bessie Dew)
Published: Jan. 7, 2021 at 3:31 PM CST
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BOSSIER PARISH, La. (KSLA) — No crime was committed by Bossier City police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a man last year, Bossier Parish District Attorney J. Schuyler Marvin says in a letter.

The actions of Officers Charles Bridges and Eric Sproles and the resulting death of 34-year-old Jonathan Wayne Jefferson were justified, according to the missive dated Dec. 18.

Marvin’s letter to Bossier City Police Chief Shane McWilliams and Louisiana State Police Sgt. Edwin Knowles goes on to say that the district attorney made his decision after reviewing the final report containing additional information, video and recorded statements form civilians and law enforcement officers.

It was Aug. 8 when Bossier City police officials say officers were called about a domestic disturbance in the area of Preston Boulevard at Plaza Circle. Once there, an altercation began between the officers and Jefferson — leading to the fatal shooting.

The encounter was captured on cellphone video.

And Jefferson’s sister has said that she witnessed it.

Multiple police sources say Jefferson was armed with a knife.

Jefferson was schziophrenic/bipolar and police had dealt with him several times in the past, his family said.

Below is Bossier District Attorney J. Schuyler Marvin’s letter about the fatal shooting of Jonathan Wayne Jefferson by Bossier City police Officers Charles Bridges and Eric Sproles:

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