18 Jul The Aftermath of an Officer Involved Shooting | Part 2: Criminal Inquiry
State Police Troop I:
On July 15, 2020, the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations was requested by the Lafayette Police Department to investigate an officer-involved shooting involving their department. Louisiana State Police is the lead investigating agency.
The preliminary investigation revealed that at approximately 5:30 p.m., a traffic stop was conducted by Lafayette City Police which led to a foot pursuit. The foot pursuit continued to the area of St. Bernadette Drive where an altercation took place between officers and the suspect. During the course of the interaction, the suspect was shot and was transported to a local hospital where he remains in critical condition. No officers were injured during the incident.
This is an active investigation and no further information is available at this time.
Another facet following an officer-involved shooting is the criminal inquiry into the officer. In Louisiana this is typically handled by the Louisiana State Police. The officer involved in the shooting is scrutinized and investigated to determine whether his actions were justified or whether they rise to the level of criminal conduct. This process can take several weeks during which time evidence is collected and information obtained with regards to the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident.
The officer(s) involved is read his Miranda rights and is subjected to interview wherein his involvement in the shooting is probed. Once the investigative report is complete it is forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office and in some instances goes before a Grand Jury to determine whether criminal prosecution is warranted under the circumstances. The officer is a potential suspect in a criminal investigation until this process is concluded.
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