Two BRPD officers involved in shooting death
BATON ROUGE - Two Baton Rouge Police Department officers were involved in a shooting death around 12:20 a.m. Sunday, according to BRPD Cpl. L'Jean McKneely.
McKneely says 32-year-old Tyris Wilkerson of Baton Rouge was shot and killed by an officer as he drove his vehicle at a high rate of speed toward officers. It happened at the intersection of South Eugene and Louisiana.
It began as officers tried to stop a 1997 Mercury Mountaineer in the 1400 block of Dalrymple for a traffic violation. Wilkerson refused to stop and drove through several neighborhoods at various speeds as officers pursued. Two officers were assisting to stop the vehicle at the intersection of South Eugene and Louisiana when Wilkerson drove straight at them at a high rate of speed.
One of the officers fired multiple shots into the front windshield of the vehicle and struck Wilkerson in the head. He died at the scene, according to McKneely. The two officers are now on paid administrative leave. McKneely says that is standard procedure for any officer involved shooting.
The officers' identities won't be released for 24 hours, per department policy, according to McKneely.