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Lake Charles man arrested following deputy-involved shooting

Posted: 6:07 PM, May 19, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-19 19:07:51-04

A Lake Charles man is in jail after allegedly disarming a deputy of his gun and then threatening to shoot him. 

At 7 p.m. on Friday, a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s deputy arrested Donovan Christian Lawrence, 26, at a convenience store on Highway 14 in Lake Charles and arrested him for trespassing. 

During the arrest, the deputy found synthetic marijuana on Lawrence, a spokeswoman with the sheriff’s office says. Lawrence then allegedly ran from the deputy after physically resisting the deputy’s verbal commands. 

After a brief chase, the deputy caught up with Lawrence but was then physically assaulted by him, the spokeswoman says. 

The deputy then tased Lawrence in an attempt to gain control of him, but the suspect allegedly continued to resist and then disarmed the deputy of his taser.

The deputy was able to pull away from Lawrence while ordering him to drop the taser. The suspect allegedly refused, charging at the deputy with the working taser. 

The spokeswoman says the deputy then fired his gun toward Lawrence but missed him while the suspect continued to fight him. 

Lawrence was able to disarm the deputy by allegedly biting him before pointing the gun at the deputy, threatening to kill him if he came any closer. 

Deputies say the suspect then ran from the deputy while still armed with his weapon.

Lawrence was later located by additional responding deputies, who say he was trying to dispose of the gun. 

The suspect was then taken into custody. He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center on attempted first-degree murder, two counts of disarming a police officer, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, obstruction of justice, possession of synthetic marijuana, trespassing, battery of a police officer, injury requiring medical attention, and resisting an officer.  His bond was set at $240,000.

The deputy was treated at a local hospital for his injuries. He was later released.