Posted: Aug 24, 2013 12:04 AM by Steven Albritton
Updated: Aug 24, 2013 12:11 AM
After a grand jury exonerated a Breaux Bridge police officer after a deadly December shooting, documents were released Friday about the investigation. Dash cam video of that night was also released.
The shooting left 16-year-old Daraneisha Harris dead after officers were called to Landry Street in Breaux Bridge about a fight.
According to documents, when Breaux Bridge police arrived on scene it was a chaotic scene with police saying many people were in the area involved in the altercation. Dash cam video shows as soon as the officers arrived, they exited their vehicle to video to find Harris driving erratically. The car she was driving struck one of the police cars head on, injuring the officer inside.
Documents show Harris was already under a "dawn until dusk" house arrest for battery of a police officer. Witnesses say, when police arrived she said she quote "had to get away," and ran to a car.
In fear of getting in trouble again, as she tried to get away, she hit at least one pedestrian before striking a police car. She then backed up to turn around, hit another vehicle and drove through a ditch where she hit another pedestrian and a third vehicle. The second pedestrian hit was taken to the hospital for treatment.
In the dash cam video, the officers can be heard yelling multiple times for Harris to stop while she's trying to get away.
The two cops on scene ran after the car. After Harris hit the third vehicle one of the officers slips and falls behind her car the other was near the passenger side door. Documents show, during that time the reverse lights came on and that's when the officer near the passenger door fired two shots.
Harris was hit in the back and later died from the injury. The officer who opened fire said he feared for his fellow officer's life who had fallen behind the car.
Documents show, multiple witnesses of the event all saw similar things to what happened.
At this time, the officer who fired his weapon is still on paid leave from the Breaux Bridge Police Department.