Man arrested after reportedly stealing car, getting involved in hit-and-run crash, then firing gun on scene

On Sunday, June 20, 2021 at this intersection of Benton Road and East Texas Street, a man...
On Sunday, June 20, 2021 at this intersection of Benton Road and East Texas Street, a man reportedly opened fire after allegedly stealing a car, then getting involved in a hit-and-run crash.(KSLA)
Published: Jun. 22, 2021 at 1:18 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 22, 2021 at 7:10 PM CDT
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BOSSIER CITY, La. (KSLA) - A man has been arrested after reportedly stealing a car, then getting into a hit-and-run wreck and firing shots at the scene of the crash.

A spokesperson with Bossier City says Derek Wright was arrested Sunday, June 20 in connection with the incident.

Officers initially responded to the 2100 block of Nina Street about a stolen car. While on scene, they got a report about hit-and-run nearby involving the stolen car and shots being fired at the intersection of Benton Road and East Texas Street. This all happened around 11 a.m. Sunday.

Derek Wright, DOB: 5/27/1979
Derek Wright, DOB: 5/27/1979(BPSO)

Leane Boudreaux described June 20 as a scene from a movie.

“It was the craziest thing I have ever seen in my life,” she said.

She and her husband were headed north on Benton Road and East Texas Street in Bossier when they saw an accident.

“I’m a nurse so that’s truly why I planned to stop. I was like ‘there is no EMS at the scene’ so I told my husband ‘baby we’re going to stop’ and we had gotten about 30 feet from the actual accident itself and we see the guy get out of the vehicle and he starts running towards us,” she said.

Full interview with Boudreaux:

Bossier police say Wright had stolen a vehicle and in his attempt to get away, he hit a driver. This where Boudreaux saw him.

“All of sudden Jonathan and I were like ‘why is he running from the scene’ and then he pulls a gun out of his pants and starts shooting blindly across the entire intersection area,” said Boudreaux.

She says they quickly turned around and dialed 911. They decided to go back where they saw a taxi cab driver taking action to stop him.

“The taxi driver is standing on the outside of his vehicle and has the guy at gunpoint and someone was holding the Zaxby’s door closed. And he held him for a solid five minutes before the police got there,” she said.

Wright was held at gunpoint by an armed citizen until police officers arrived and took him into custody. He’s charged with theft of a motor vehicle, aggravated assault with a firearm, illegal use of weapons, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, reckless operation of a vehicle, hit and run, no driver’s license, and disobeying traffic control signals.

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