New Iberia – The Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations was requested by the New Iberia Police Department (NIPD) to investigate a shooting incident involving their officers on May 18, 2021.
The preliminary investigation revealed that shortly after 1:15 p.m., NIPD was contacted about a vehicle stopped in the roadway near the intersection of Center Street (LA Hwy 14) and Dale Street with the driver sleeping in the driver’s seat. New Iberia officers responded to the area. Upon arrival, officers encountered a subject sitting in the driver’s seat of the vehicle. An officer on scene began knocking on the driver’s side window in an attempt to awaken the driver. The subject woke up as another officer was positioning their marked patrol unit in front of the vehicle.
Both officers gave verbal commands to the person to put the vehicle in park and to exit the vehicle. The person refused to comply and fled the scene in the vehicle, at which point officers discharged their firearms. The person then led officers on a short pursuit which ended near the intersection of Center Street and Weeks Island Road (LA Hwy 83). The person exited the vehicle and fled on foot for a short distance before being apprehended. The suspect sustained a small abrasion on the back of the neck but, refused medical treatment at the scene. No officers were injured.
The investigation is active and ongoing and no further information is available at this time.