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State Police: Lafayette officer shoots, kills suspect during pursuit

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Posted at 5:53 AM, Jan 24, 2022

Louisiana State Police have provided additional information into an officer-involved shooting in Lafayette.

Louisiana State Police say on January 23, 2022, detectives were requested by the Lafayette Police Department to investigate an officer-involved shooting involving their officers.

The shooting occurred at approximately 11:00 p.m. in the 1600 block of W. Pinhook Road in Lafayette.

An investigation revealed the officer located a stolen Dodge vehicle and called for a back-up officer before initiating a traffic stop.

Upon activation of the emergency lights, the suspect allegedly drove into a parking lot and fled on foot. The officer and the back-up K-9 officer pursued the suspect on foot.

During the pursuit, troopers say the suspect jumped from a structure and fell to the ground. One of the pursuing officers then discharged his Taser, resulting in the K-9 accidentally receiving an electrical charge from the Taser wires.

The suspect then allegedly reached for a visible gun after being instructed not to do so. One officer shot the suspect, fatally wounding that person.

No officers were injured.

Troopers say the Lafayette Parish Metro Crime Scene Unit processed the scene for evidence. This is an active investigation, they say.

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