POSTED: Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 2:30pm
UPDATED: Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 2:34pm
SHREVEPORT, LA — A local man is dead and a Shreveport Police officer is placed on administrative leave following an officer involved shooting on October 15.
At approximately 7:48 p.m. on October 15, 2013, Shreveport Police responded to a home located in the 500 block of Americana Drive in southeast Shreveport. Police were dispatched to the residence following receipt of a call from Shreveport Fire Department personnel already on scene at the home, advising a man they were attempting to treat for medical concerns, had armed himself with a knife. Fire department personnel requested police to expedite their arrival to the home as the man, identified as John Shepherd, 58, had become combative with first responders. Upon the officer's arrival at the scene, contact was made with members of the Shreveport Fire Department who provided information they had to retreat to safety after Shepherd, whom they were attempting to aid, approached them in an aggressive manner while holding a knife in his hand.
According to preliminary information, Officer Philip Tucker, upon initiating contact with an armed Shepherd, issued him multiple loud, verbal, commands to put the knife down. It is alleged the Shepherd, upon refusal of commands to disarm, began to rapidly advance toward officer Tucker who in response, fired a single shot striking Shepherd in the upper body. Shepherd was immediately transported to University Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased. Chief of Police Willie Shaw, who was on scene last evening, commented on the incident, saying, “This is a terrible tragedy for all involved and our prayers are with the officer and the family of the deceased.” Chief Shaw has placed Officer Philip Tucker, hired by the department in February 2009, on paid administrative leave in accordance with departmental policy. Investigators are continuing their probe into the matter at this time.