Lafayette

Dec 3, 2012 7:11 PM by Erin Steuber

Family mourns death of teen killed in police involved shooting

A family is mourning the loss of their sister, and daughter, after she was killed in an officer involved shooting last night in Breaux Bridge. 17-year-old Daraneisha Harris died in that shooting.

It all happened around 8 last night when police were responding to a disturbance call in the 900 block of Landry St. in Breaux Bridge. One officer opened fire, after Harris drove into several cars, including a police car, and hit a bystander. Harris was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

Harris' brother, Dartanil Lewis, says his sister's life could have been spared, if a fight hadn't broken out only moments before police arrived.

"People fighting for no apparent reason, and grown people thinking that it's good to get involved with children, well teenagers, altercations and it led to an innocent person dying," said Lewis.

Lewis says Daraneisha joined a fight involving family members. Not long after, as she was trying to leave, she hit a Breaux Bridge police officer's car, head-on, as he was driving up to the scene.

"She then placed her vehicle in reverse, traveled backwards, struck a parked car, placed it in drive, drove through a ditch, struck a bystander, and then another vehicle that was parked in a driveway," said State Trooper Stephen Hammons.

At that point, an officer got out of the vehicle and shot shot Harris. Both Harris, and the bystander, were taken to the hospital. Harris died from her injuries.

"I think people just need to let all the information come together, and just hold off for a while," said Lewis. "Everybody be cool about the situation and let God take over."

The bystander has minor injuries. State Police are still investigating whether the officer was justified in using his gun.

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