Police officer kills man during fight for gun

Friday, December 16, 2011 - 11:57am

A local man was shot and killed last night after allegedly attacking a patrol officer near a west Shreveport apartment complex.

At around 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Shreveport officer Corporal Bryan Lauzon was working off-duty security in full uniform at an apartment complex in the 3400 block of Mertis Avenue when he saw a man riding a bicycle through the property. Noticing the man was coming from an area of the complex where there had been complaints of narcotics activity, Corporal Lauzon, stopped the man in his patrol car. The man was identified as 44-year old Michael Gilyard, on Mertis Avenue, just north of the apartments.

Upon further investigation, Lauzon found a handgun hidden in the suspect’s pants and Gilyard began fighting with the officer. During the struggle, Gilyard tried to gain control of the officer’s handgun and Corporal Lauzon fired three shots, hitting him once. At that point, Corporal Lauzon was able to call for help and the Shreveport Fire Department arrived moments later, taking his attacker to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Detectives and crime scene investigators were called to the scene and immediately began their investigation. Upon arrival, investigators seized a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun as well as about $8,000 cash, just over three grams of suspected crack cocaine, and about 16 grams of suspected marijuana, all of which they believe was in possession of the Gilyard at the time he was stopped. The investigation is ongoing at this hour. Once their inquiry is complete, the findings will be turned over to the Caddo Parish District Attorney’s Office for review.

Chief of Police Willie Shaw has placed Corporal Lauzon, who was hired by the department in March of 2005, on paid administrative leave in accordance with departmental policy. Chief Shaw, who was on scene last night, commented on the incident, saying, “This is a tragedy for all involved and our prayers are with the family of the deceased and Corporal Lauzon and his family.”

From Shreveport Police Department

 

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