Family says officer shot man after running stop sign
BATON ROUGE- The family of 27-year-old Derek Davis said he has undergone two surgeries since a shooting over the weekend after a traffic stop on Morning Glory Avenue.
The family says Davis had damage to his kidneys, liver and colon after he was shot three times. Baton Rouge police identified the officer involved in the shooting today as Matthew Jackson. Jackson is a five-year veteran of the department and was placed on paid leave after the incident.
Davis' family said he ran a stop sign Sunday morning which caused him to get pulled over. He was given a field sobriety test and when he was about to be arrested, Davis took off running according to his family. That's when the story begins to differ on what unfolded. Baton Rouge Police say Davis reached for Matthews' weapon, and that's when Matthews shot Davis.
"I could hear the bullets, and the sound of it was in the direction of my house," One neighbor said.
Glynn Delatte has decades of experience in Law Enforcement. He is also an attorney.
"I have this personal attitude that we have turned our department into this military type organization instead of a community service type organization," Delatte said. "I personally feel a lot of the incidences could be avoided if officers weren't so quick to fire a weapon."
Don Coppola with Baton Rouge police says the incident is under investigation. However, Matthews had no other choice.
"The suspect attempted to disarm the officer as well as making threats to the officer's life," Coppola said.
Baton Rouge police said through the course of their investigation, it was determined that Davis had a pending charge in Livingston Parish for burglary. Davis' family says that charge was adjudicated.
WBRZ asked for dash cam video of the incident. We were told the Baton Rouge Police Department isn't sure if it exists. We also asked if Matthews was in possession of a Taser at the time of the shooting. Baton Rouge police said that is under investigation.