Two BRPD officers fatally wound suspect during high-speed pursuit
POSTED: Monday, July 29, 2013 - 11:18am
UPDATED: Monday, July 29, 2013 - 11:26am
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — UPDATE - The two Baton Rouge Police Officers involved in the shooting which occurred on July 28 shortly after midnight have been identified as Joshua Gillich, 28, and Michael Davila, 43.
Gillich has been employed with the department for 4 years, as Davila has been employed with the department since February and a recent graduate of the 79th Basic Training Academy.
The two officers remain on paid administrative leave, as the investigation is ongoing.
ORIGINAL STORY - Two officers are on administrative leave after they were involved in a high-speed pursuit that resulted in the shooting death of the suspect.
The Baton Rouge Police Department reports that the incident began shortly after midnight on Sunday, July 28. We’re told it all started when an officer attempted a traffic stop in the 1400 block of Dalrymple.
Officials say the driver, Tyris Wilkerson, 32, refused to stop his vehicle. Officers chased the vehicle through several area neighborhoods.
Two officers were stationed at the intersection of South Eugene and Louisiana in an attempt to stop the pursuit. They say Wilkerson drove straight at them at a high rate of speed. One officer opened fire on the vehicle. Several shots went through the windshield and one hit Wilkerson in the head.
Once Wilkerson was hit, the vehicle went off the road and crashed into a gate located at Baton Rouge Magnet High School, causing the car to come to a stop.
Wilkerson was pronounced dead at the scene.
The two officers are now on paid administrative leave, which is standard practice for all officer involved shootings. Per standard department procedure, their identities will not be released for 24 hours.
This is the second fatal officer involved shooting for the Baton Rouge Police Department in 2013. That case happened on Monday, April 8 after the suspect allegedly stabbed two officers. The suspect, Bradford Louis Etheredge, 37, was shot and killed.
NBC33 News spoke with family members of the victim. Kris Cusanza will have that report on NBC33 News 10:00 p.m.