On Thursday, May 18, 2023, at approximately 9:21 a.m., Troopers with Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations were requested by the Bastrop Police Department (BPD) to investigate an officer-involved shooting. The shooting occurred at 403 Smith Street, within the city limits of Bastrop.
The initial investigation revealed that at approximately 8:58 a.m., BPD received a call from Morehouse General Hospital in reference to their treatment of a victim with apparent wounds derived from a knife. Shortly after, officers learned that the alleged subject responsible for the victim’s injuries was located at 403 Smith Street. Upon arrival at this location, an officer encountered a male subject with a utility knife. The officer instructed the subject to lay on the ground. However, he failed to comply with the lawful order and charged the officer. This action resulted in the officer discharging his firearm and shooting the subject. The male subject was pronounced dead at the scene.
The scene was processed by Louisiana State Police detectives. They continue to work diligently in conducting a thorough investigation. Any additional information will be released in coordination with the Morehouse Parish District Attorney’s Office.
See below for the initial news release from May 18, 2023.
Bastrop – Earlier this morning, at approximately 9:21 a.m., the Bastrop Police Department requested Troopers to investigate an officer-involved shooting at 403 Smith Street, within the city limits of Bastrop. One subject was shot and has been pronounced deceased. One officer received minor injuries.
Anyone with information and/or pictures and video are urged to share that information with LSP Detectives by calling 318-345-0000.
In addition to the option above, citizens can anonymously report information through the Louisiana State Police online reporting system by visiting https://dpsweb.dps.
This is an active investigation and information will be updated as it becomes available.