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Witnesses, BRPD at odds over fatal shooting

4 years ago March 07, 2011 Mar 7, 2011 Monday, March 07 2011 Monday, March 07, 2011 5:47:52 PM CST in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Michael Shingleton

BATON ROUGE - An internal investigation continues into what exactly happened early Sunday morning when a Baton Rouge Police officer shot and killed a driver at a nightclub near Cortana Mall.

Early Sunday morning, BRPD officers at Insomnia took Ryan Dominique into custody for resisting arrest and reckless operation of a vehicle. Investigators say while in custody Dominique asked if his friend, 23-year-old Carlos Harris, could drive his car and officers agreed.

Investigators say when Harris got behind the wheel he hit several cars including a police car, then drove toward the officers which prompted Officer Christopher Magee to shoot Harris, who later died from his injuries.

A second woman was also injured in a shooting at the same location, but police are still trying to determine if she was shot by Magee or someone else.

On Monday investigators interviewed a number of police officers and witnesses. Baton Rouge Police say all of their stories matched up that when Officer Magee fired his weapon, he was protecting himself and the people in the parking lot.

Witnesses told News 2 a different story. Aisha Loliss was with Carlos Harris at Club Insomnia Saturday night, and said police should not have let him drive.

"He was drinking. I wouldn't lie. He was drinking, but that's what the majority of the people go to the club to do," Loliss said.

Loliss said she was standing two feet away from Harris when officers allowed him to move to vehicle.

"Before he approached the car, he told {officers} he was drunk. {The officer} commanded him to get in the car. He commanded him to move the car," Loliss said.

Baton Rouge Police said they have no evidence to support if Harris had been drinking at this time, and they are awaiting the results from an autopsy and the toxicology report.

Sgt. Don Stone said witnesses are entitled to their opinion.

"I believe if the officer had felt that he was impaired to where he couldn't operate a vehicle he wouldn't have been instructed to do so," Stone said.

Loliss said police cars were parked behind the vehicle Harris was driving, and Harris was driving away from the officers when he was shot. She wonders why shots were fired at their friend.

"At least shoot the tires out. You can see he's drunk. He driving and bumping multiple cars and hitting multiple cars and you aim for him? Aim for the tires," Loliss said.

Baton Rouge Police say they have a blood sample and will have Harris' toxicology results in about a week.

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