Detective wounded in shootout with alleged robber

Wednesday, November 25, 2009 - 12:45pm

SHREVEPORT - A Shreveport police detective exchanged gunfire with a man who allegedly tried to rob a Capital One bank branch and both the officer and suspect were shot.

The shootout happened in the 4200 block of Mansfield Road after the robbery of the bank branch at Greenwood Road and Interstate 20 just before 9:15 a.m. today. The suspect briefly took a hostage, then released the person, and may have fired shots during the holdup. The man fled on a motorcycle.

A Shreveport Police officer was driving an unmarked car and spotted someone fitting the description of the suspect on a motorcycle, according to Police Chief Henry Whitehorn. The officer saw the suspect get off the motorcycle; the suspect began firing and hit the officer with one bullet that traveled through the upper part of the officer's legs. Another officer also arrived on the scene and exchanged gunfire. The suspect was shot several times and is in surgery at LSU Hospital. The detective was alert and talking after the shooting.

Terrry Lewis, who works at a business near the shooting scene, said he saw the suspect lying on the ground after the bullets stopped.

"I couldn't tell if the cop was still in the car or what. I couldn't see. The other guy, there was blood all in the street. He was shot up pretty good," Lewis said.

Lewis told police about what he saw and heard.

Police said they are questioning at least three witnesses to the shootout and are looking for others who may have seen or heard something.

Before the shooting, Lewis heard a car accelerating and looked up. He said he saw
a dark-colored Dodge with flashing lights following the motorcycle south on Mansfield Road at about 40 miles per hour.

The motorcycle and car stopped about 50 to 75 yards south of M & A Transmission, where Lewis is shop foreman.

"When they came to a stop, that's when the shooting started," Lewis said. "There was a van on our parking lot, and we couldn't see anything. When the shooting started, we ran to the back of the building. That's where we stayed until it was quiet."

He said he heard shots, then quiet, then more shots. He estimated 15 to 20 shots were fired.

Robert Willis was walking on Hearne Avenue about a mile from the scene of the shooting when he heard four or five gunshots and ran to investigate.

“I didn’t see anything. I just heard the gunshots. It’s a shame this happened the day before Thanksgiving," Willis said.

Officers have closed about 200 yards of Midway Street and parts of Mansfield Road to traffic. Drivers are advised to avoid that area.

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