Two people, including police officer, killed in Louisiana

28 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Louisiana police officer killed while responding to triple stabbing was shot with his own gun by his ex-con cousin.

He was detained after authorities tossed in tear gas and drove through an inner office of the convenience store, St Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz told NBC News. A Louisiana police officer who was fatally shot with his own gun while responding to a triple stabbing died at the hands of his cousin just two days before a planned vacation with his daughter, police said.Henry Nelson, 51, was killed Wednesday, a day before he planned to leave for a month’s vacation, which he planned to spend with his teenage daughter, Sunset Police Chief Luis Padilla said.

On Twitter, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal said: “Our thoughts & prayers are w/ the families of Sunset Police Officer Henry Nelson & the other victims as they endure this senseless tragedy. — Police badges in Louisiana are banded with black ribbons more than usual this year, a grim reminder that officer deaths are on the rise with two killings just this week alone. Nelson is the 22nd police officer shot and killed by a suspect so far this year, but he is the second law enforcement officer killed in Louisiana this week.

Also killed was Shameka Johnson, 40, who — along with her sister, Shurlay Johnson, 34 — had tried to protect Courtney Jolivette Riley from her husband, Harrison Lee Riley Jr., 35, according to St. Louisiana has had more job-related police fatalities in 2015 than any other state but Texas, with nine on-duty deaths in each state, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Steven Vincent, a senior trooper with the Louisiana State Police, had approached a man inside a truck that was in a ditch Sunday afternoon when the man shot Vincent in the head, police said.

Riley, 35, then plowed his car through a convenience store before running naked inside the store and barricading himself inside without taking hostages, the Daily Advertiser reported. This is despite Texas having more than five times as many residents as Louisiana and more than three times as many law enforcement personnel capable of making arrests. (Only California and New York have more sworn law enforcement personnel than Texas, Justice Department figures show.) These deaths in Louisiana have been attributed to a range of situations, highlighting what current and former police officers interviewed this year called the unpredictable nature of their jobs. Guidroz said Harrison Riley will be booked with first-degree murder in Johnson’s death, first-degree murder of a police officer — a specific crime which also carries a possible death penalty — and with the attempted first-degree murders of the other two women. But Louisiana officials say officers already went to work with safety concerns every day before the most recent shootings. “There’s no such thing as a routine traffic stop.

A public information officer for the sheriff’s office said he did not know exactly how Nelson learned of the dispute in a house belonging to the Johnsons’ mother. Shreveport Officer Thomas LaValley was shot to death Aug. 5, New Orleans Police Officer Daryle Holloway on June 20, and New Orleans public housing police Officer James Bennett Jr. on May 25. — A high-speed race along a suburban New York parkway led to a crash that ended in the fiery deaths of a father and his two children, prompting authorities to indict one of the drivers on vehicular homicide, drunken driving and other charges. The deaths share little other than the basic facts: Officers in the course of routine police work, responding to calls or traffic incidents, were gunned down on the job. Prosecutors say Sharpe, 24, was intoxicated and driving at speeds over 100 mph on July 12 before his vehicle slammed into the rear of a car carrying a family of four.

Sharpe and several friends ignored the pleas for help from the lone survivor, Lucnie Bouaz-Ostane, as her husband, Ancio Ostane, and their children, 8-year-old Andy and 4-year-old Sephora, were consumed by flames, the prosecutor said. “At the time when dying people needed help the most, the defendants, some of them, literally stood by watching the Ostane family — children and dad — perish,” Spota said. He also said additional danger comes from people who commit violent crimes and don’t want to be arrested, as well as groups that are opposed to the government and could become violent.

While the number of officers killed has declined, this tally would “be much higher” if not for improvements in the protective gear worn by officers and advances in the medical and trauma care they can receive after shootings, Johnson said. Sharpe’s attorney, Jonathan Manley, disputed allegations that his client refused to help the family, and also denied the prosecutor’s claims that his client was intoxicated. Spota said Sharpe had a blood-alcohol reading of 0.06 percent, which is below the legal definition of 0.08 percent required for a driving-while-intoxicated charge.

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