Man killed by police officer in Shreveport

September 12, 2021 GMT

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Louisiana State Police say a man shot and killed Saturday by a Shreveport officer had struggled with the officer and pulled a gun.

The state agency said in a Sunday news release that it is investigating the shooting that killed 30-year-old Desmond Lewis of Bossier City.

The state agency said the initial information shows that the officer was responding to a call at a convenience store and that “after a short foot pursuit, the officer and Lewis became engaged in a lengthy physical altercation.”

“During the course of the altercation, Lewis produced a firearm. As a result of this action, the officer discharged his duty weapon, striking Lewis,” the state agency said.

Lewis was pronounced dead on scene. The officer was not injured.

The agency did not say why police were called to the convenience store.