New details released for deputy-involved shooting in Alexandria

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Published: Nov. 7, 2022 at 6:26 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 7, 2022 at 7:13 PM CST
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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - Louisiana State Police has released new details concerning a deputy-involved shooting that occurred in Alexandria on Sunday, Nov. 6. The shooting involved a Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy and resulted in the death of Derrick J. Kittling, 45, of Alexandria.

According to LSP’s investigation, an RPSO deputy conducted a traffic stop with Kittling on 7th Street near Broadway Avenue. LSP said this led to a fight between the two, which resulted in Kittling gaining control of the deputy’s taser. As their struggle continued, the deputy fired his weapon, striking Kittling. He was taken to a hospital for treatment but ultimately passed away.

The investigation remains ongoing, with further information to be released in coordination with the Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office at the appropriate time. LSP continues to be the lead investigative agency in this shooting. Kittling is the brother of LSP Lt. Colonel Kenny VanBuren. However, LSP said VanBuren will not be involved in any aspect of the investigation.

Rapides Parish Sheriff Mark Wood released this statement regarding the shooting:

“First, I would like to ask for our communities prayers for all those involved in the deputy-involved shooting we had yesterday. Two families’ lives will be forever impacted by this tragic event. Secondly, I would ask for our community to be patient and let Col. Lamar Davis and the investigators with the Louisiana State Police conduct a complete and thorough investigation of this incident. We have had deputy-involved shootings in the past but due to this one being a fatality, I called Col. Davis and asked for their assistance. I feel confident in their ability to conduct a fair and impartial investigation, following the evidence wherever it takes them. Again, please keep all those involved in your prayers.”

Anyone with information and/or pictures and video is urged to share that information with LSP through the Louisiana State Police Evidence Submission Portal. In addition, citizens can anonymously report information through the Louisiana State Police online reporting system HERE or by calling the LSP Fusion Center Hotline at 1-800-434-8007.

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