Bossier City police chief Mike Halphen held a press conference this afternoon regarding the Friday shooting of an unarmed suspect.
Halphen said that according to his family, Scott Gray, 42, had a history of bi-polar disease. On Friday afternoon he walked into Walgreen's at Shed Road and Airline Drive, walked up to the photo counter and announced that he was Jesus Christ. When a 77 year old woman spoke up and said 'no you're not', Gray hit her and knocked her down. He then left the scene in a red pickup truck headed east on Shed Road.
Police broadcast the information to their units, knowing only that they were looking for a man with an orange cap in a red pickup. A police unit on Old Minden Road spotted the vehicle as he was approaching Old Minden Road, turned his unit around and stopped Gray's truck. Gray immediately ran from the truck and attacked the officer, pinned him to the ground and was beating him when the second officer arrived on the scene. Gray would not obey the orders of the second officer, and began to try to dislodge the first officer's service weapon.
At this time the second officer fired two shots, and after Gray still didn't stop, fired three more.
Chief Halphen noted that this was a very tragic event for Gray's family as well as for the officers involved.
I have written this based on what I heard the chief say as I watched the streaming video of the press conference on KSLA.
For more complete information, Chris Redford has a story up at KTBS.