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INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: Deputy shoots into fleeing car on I-10, livestreams it on Facebook

9 months 3 weeks 2 days ago Wednesday, August 02 2023 Aug 2, 2023 August 02, 2023 4:31 PM August 02, 2023 in News
Source: WBRZ

PORT ALLEN — Alarming video shows the moment a West Baton Rouge Sheriff's reserve deputy fired five rounds into the back of an SUV last summer, and internal affairs reports obtained by the WBRZ Investigative Unit through a public records request show the reserve deputy livestreamed it on Facebook.

The WBRZ Investigative Unit filed a public records request for the video and internal affairs reports on July 21. Public records indicate that an incident report was generated that same day, re-opening the investigation.

That SUV had been stolen from former Port Allen Police Chief Esdron Brown's residence on June 15, 2022. A deputy and a reserve deputy working a drug interdiction found the car on I-10 westbound near the LA 415 exit, and initiated a stop when they noticed it did not have a license plate. When the driver pulled over, one deputy got out to approach the vehicle.

"Stop. Put that f****** vehicle in park," Deputy Ryan Guidry is heard saying.

That's when Guidry's reserve deputy who was riding with him, Shawn Pardazi, opens fire on the SUV as it pulls off.

During an internal affairs investigation, it was learned that Pardazi was "live streaming" the event on his Facebook page.

Pardazi was asked about the video, but he told detectives he deleted it. Pardazi was using his personal firearm, and not one issued by the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office.

The incident was so concerning, eight months later Pardazi was fired from his reserve role.

"Deputy Pardazi, by recommendations from those administrators here, was to be removed from his status as a reserve deputy and that was taken upon learning of this incident," West Baton Rouge public information officer Landon Groger said.

The reports go on to say that Pardazi fired at the fleeing SUV because he saw the driver point a gun at his deputy partner. Those facts are in dispute, as the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office has said no gun was found, and it's unclear whether a gun was even in the car.

Two suspects were arrested in the SUV, but to this day, the driver has not been located.

"This matter was concerning to us at the sheriff's office," Groger said. "Immediate action was taken, and this reserve deputy's commission was removed and he was removed from service."

District Attorney Tony Clayton said the first time he saw the video was after WBRZ requested it. Clayton said his office will follow the evidence and is pleased that a full investigation is being conducted now. Clayton was emphatic that he wanted an outside agency investigating this case and believes the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office should not have investigated itself initially.

Clayton added that this is not the first time he's told them that. He pointed to the recent Mandy Miller case as an example. After public outcry, the West Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office called on the Legislative Auditor to investigate. Miller, a former West Baton Rouge employee, was convicted in federal court.

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