Suspect tases Shreveport police officer

Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 9:37am

A routine traffic stop turned dangerous for two Shreveport police officers on Monday night as they investigated a possible marijuana possession. 

Veteran Shreveport Police Lt. Ricky Scroggins is nursing some minor bumps and bruises after having a taser turned against him shortly after pulling a vehicle over for running a red light.  Officer Felicia Jones had just gotten off duty and was still driving her patrol unit when she noticed Lt. Scroggins and pulled over to help.

Shreveport police spokesman Sgt. Bill Goodin told us that the officers began investigating the car and observed suspected marijuana in the vehicle.  At that point, the stop went from routine to dangerous as they tried to arrest one of the suspects.

The suspect violently resisted both officers.  While they fought to take him into custody, both officers and the suspect fell to the ground.  Police believe that Officer Jones had removed her taser from the holster as a possible level of force that they would use on the suspect.  She lost control of her taser when they fell to the ground.

At that point, the suspect was able to grab the taser and use it several times on Lt. Scroggins.  Officer Jones and Lt. Scroggins suffered only minor injuries from the incident.

The suspect ran away from the scene, but has been identified as 24-year-old Johnny Cannon.  Police have a warrant out for Cannon for aggravated battery.

If you have any information on Cannon's whereabouts, you are asked to call Shreveport-Caddo Parish Crime Stoppers at (318) 673-7373 or Shreveport Police detectives at (318) 673-6955.



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