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UPDATE: More details on last night's two-parish pursuit, shooting

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Posted at 7:03 AM, Jun 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 12:39:38-04

Abbeville Police have released details of the incident that sparked last night's two-parish pursuit, which ended with the suspect in the hospital after being shot by police.

Ryan Hargrave has since been released from treatment and booked into jail; he apparently wasn't more seriously injured because he was wearing body armor.

The incident started last night at about 6:15 p.m. when officers were called about a suspect pointing a gun at another person.

Here's what Abbeville Police are telling us, which is limited to what happened in Abbeville:
Officers responded to the scene and began pursuing the suspect, who fled the scene with the Abbeville City Marshal giving chase. Officers pursued the suspect into New Iberia at a residence. Other law enforcement agencies had joined the pursuit.

Police say Hargrave, who is from New Iberia, was stopped in the middle of the road on Peace Street. The victim in the incident, who was on St. Charles Street, stopped to let Hargrave proceed. But Hargrave didn't move, so the victim proceeded through the intersection, Police say.

Hargrave then allegedly began following the victim, and the victim pulled off into a parking lot and stopped his vehicle, police say. Hargrave then allegedly followed him into the parking lot, got out of his vehicle and walked up to the victim. Hargrave allegedly was wearing a bullet-proof vest with a handgun tucked into the front of it, police say.

Hargrave allegedly began yelling and cursing at the victim. An Abbeville City Marshal saw what was happening, and pulled up, and allegedly saw Hargrave pointing a gun at the victim.

Hargrave then allegedly got back into his vehicle and fled, with the Marshal in pursuit. The marshal called Abbeville Police, a spokesman says.

Hargrave has been booked with:
· Threatening a Public Official
· Aggravated Flight from an Officer
· Unlawful Use of Body Armor
· Aggravated Assault with a Firearm

We're waiting for more details on what happened outside of Abbeville from State Police.

Here's the info we got earlier yesterday:

Trooper Thomas Gossen, Public Information Officer for Louisiana State Police Troop I said Tuesday night that the suspect was booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center and would be transported to Vermilion Parish.

State Police say their investigation revealed that shortly after 6:00 p.m., an incident started in Vermilion Parish which led to a police pursuit.

The pursuit ended in New Iberia near the 600 block of E. Santa Clara Street.

Troopers say that as the pursuit ended, the suspect fired his weapon and officers discharged their service weapons striking him.

The suspect was treated at the scene for non-life threatening injuries then transported to an area hospital for evaluation.

He was released from the hospital and was booked into the Vermilion Parish Jail on charges of threatening a public official, flight from an officer, unlawful use of body armor, and aggravated assault with a firearm.

Hargrave's bond has been set at $190,000.

State Police are investigating the incident.

A few weeks ago, a standoff occurred in the same area of New Iberia. Capt. John Babin said he is unsure at this time if the two incidents are related.

Read more on the incident: Suspect booked after pursuit, exchanging gunfire with police

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