Police identify officer in fatal shooting; hired in 2015
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A Louisiana police chief says an officer hired in 2015 is the one involved in a fatal shooting earlier this month.
News outlets report that Lake Charles Police Chief Shawn Caldwell identified him in a news release Tuesday as patrol Officer Jonathan Landrum.
Caldwell says that, under standard procedures, Landrum is on administrative leave while Louisiana State Police investigate the Jan. 11 shooting of 26-year-old Juston Joseph Landry.
A complaint released last week by Louisiana State Police said Landry pulled a gun on a convenience clerk, then brought it out when an officer recognized him and refused to follow the officer’s orders, starting a brief foot chase.
The initial complaint said Landry was shot several times during an encounter after the chase. It doesn’t describe the encounter.