ALEXANDRIA, La. (WNTZ) – On Thursday, November 24, 2022, at approximately 1:15 pm, Detectives assigned to the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations were requested by the Alexandria Police Department (APD) to investigate an officer-involved shooting. The shooting incident involved an APD Officer and 34-year-old Jason Shackleford of Alexandria. The Officer and Shackleford were both injured during the incident.
The preliminary investigation revealed that at approximately 12:30 p.m., APD received a complaint of a male running into traffic on Rapides Avenue. As a result of the complaint, APD responded. Upon arrival in the area, the Officer came into contact with the male, in the 2500 block of Rapides Avenue. The male subject was later identified as Shackleford. Shackleford then initiated a lengthy physical altercation with the Officer. During the physical altercation, he gained control of the Officer’s baton and began choking the Officer from behind with the baton. While being choked, the Officer discharged his firearm and shot Shackleford.
Shackleford was transported to a local hospital for treatment. He is currently listed in stable condition. The officer was transported to a local hospital for treatment and has been released.
Louisiana State Police is the lead investigating agency into this officer-involved shooting. The incident scene was processed by Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigators. 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.
Anyone with information and/or pictures and video are urged to share that information with LSP Detectives through the Louisiana State Police Evidence Submission Portal at https://lastatepolice.evidence.com/axon/citizen/public/11-24-22_alexandria_pd_ois
In addition to the above link, citizens can anonymously report information through the Louisiana State Police online reporting system by visiting https://dpsweb.dps.louisiana.gov/suspicious.nsf/WebForm?OpenForm or calling the LSP Fusion Center Hotline at 1-800-434-8007.
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See below for the initial news release from earlier today.
APD received a report of a disturbance in the 2800 block of Rapides Avenue at approximately 12:30 p.m. Thursday. Upon arrival, the officer encountered a 34-year-old male of Alexandria. While attempting to subdue and arrest the suspect the officer discharged their weapon, wounding the suspect. The suspect has been taken to a local hospital for treatment and is expected to recover.
As this is an officer-involved shooting, Police Chief Ronney Howard has contacted Louisiana State Police and requested that they investigate the incident.