Police identify officer who shot DWI suspect
BATON ROUGE - Police released the name of the officer Monday who shot a suspected drunk driver after he resisted arrest early Sunday morning.
BRPD identified the officer as Matthew Jackson, a five year veteran of the Baton Rouge force. Jackson has been placed on paid administrative leave as the investigation into the incident continues.
According to police reports, Jackson stopped the suspected drunk driver, 27-year-old Derek Davis, at around 1 a.m. in the 3200 block of Morning Glory Avenue after the patrolling officer observed Davis driving erratically.
During the traffic stop, Davis tried to fight Jackson while the officer attempted to make the arrest, and eventually tried to take Jackson's gun during the struggle.
Baton Rouge Police Cpl. Don Coppola said "the officer, while fearing for his life, was able to draw his weapon and fired multiple shots which struck the suspect, incapacitating him."
Davis was taken to an area hospital and is expected to survive, according to a police statement released Monday morning.
Coppola says Davis was arrested on suspicion of driving a motor vehicle while intoxicated. The man is also being investigated on a charge of simple burglary from Livingston Parish in a separate case.
The Investigative Unit's Chris Nakamoto will have more on the story tonight on News 2 at 6 p.m.