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UPDATE: Suspect turns himself in regarding deputy-involved shooting in Alexandria

Published: Nov. 16, 2021 at 9:43 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 17, 2021 at 3:11 PM CST
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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - UPDATE: According to RPSO, the suspect, Martez Benjamin, 23 of Alexandria, turned himself in at the courthouse on Wednesday afternoon in regards to Tuesday’s deputy-involved shooting in Alexandria. Charges are pending at this time.

Martez Benjamin
Martez Benjamin(Source: Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office)

“From what I’m told, my officers were shot at point-blank range,” said Rapides Parish Sheriff Mark Wood. “All I can say, to God, the hand from God stopped it. I don’t know what else to say from what they’re telling me. It could have been a bad situation. It’s what our officers face everyday out there. It’s a sad situation.”

ORIGINAL STORY:

The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office is seeking a suspect who was involved in a police chase and a deputy-involved shooting in Alexandria on November 16.

Around 6:55 p.m., RPSO said their RADE Unit was attempting to conduct a traffic stop on Tennessee Avenue near Monroe Street. However, the suspect refused to stop, leading to a police chase.

After some time, RPSO said the suspect abandoned his vehicle and it became a foot chase. They said the suspect shot at the pursuing RPSO deputies, who returned fire. The suspect eventually dropped the weapon and fled. No injuries were reported from this incident.

The unnamed suspect is described as a medium build, Black male with shoulder-length braids wearing all black clothing. Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 318-443-7867, the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office at 318-473-6700 or the Alexandria Police Department at 318-441-6442.

If we learn more information about this, we will let you know.

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