Suspect shot and wounded by APD officer while making arrest

LSP: Officer fired his gun after suspect started choking them with the officer’s baton
Suspect shot by APD officer
Published: Nov. 24, 2022 at 2:26 PM CST
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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - An Alexandria Police Department officer shot and wounded a suspect on Thursday afternoon, Nov. 24, 2022, while attempting to make an arrest.

Louisiana State Police has taken over the investigation. LSP investigators shared in their initial report that at around 12:30 p.m., APD received a complaint that a man was running into traffic on Rapides Avenue. When an officer got to the area, he came in contact with the man, identified as 34-year-old Jason Shackleford.

According to LSP, Shackleford then initiated a lengthy physical altercation with the officer. During the physical altercation, LSP shared that Shackleford “gained control of the officer’s baton and began choking the officer from behind with the baton.” That’s when the officer fired his gun and shot Shackleford.

Shackleford was transported to a local hospital for treatment. In its update, LSP shared that he was last listed in stable condition. The officer was also transported to a local hospital for treatment, but has since been released.

As this is an officer-involved shooting, APD Chief Ronney Howard contacted Louisiana State Police and requested that they investigate the incident, which is standard protocol. The investigation remains ongoing with further information to be released, in coordination with APD and the Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office, at the appropriate time.

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