Police release name of officer involved in deadly shooting
DENHAM SPRINGS - Police released the name of the officer who was involved in a shooting Monday in the parking lot of a busy shopping district.
A spokesperson with Denham Springs Police said Michael Brien LeBlanc, 30, shot Robert Kohl, 47, of Fort Worth. Kohl pointed a gun at officers and LeBlanc fired buckshot and hit Kohl in the stomach.
Before the shooting, witnesses said Kohl was walking around, waving the gun near Bass Pro Shops, several restaurants and a boat store between Bass Pro Boulevard and Range 12 Boulevard, south of I-12.
"He brought the gun down, he was waving it, kind of toward the restaurant and then he pointed it at the police officer and the other police officer shot him in the stomach and he rolled twice," said Marlee Mitchell, who watched the events unfold from inside a restaurant nearby.
LeBlanc has been on the force for four years and has never been involved in a shooting. The last officer-involved shooting was in 2006, police said.
Kohl, a trucker, was apparently upset about having to rest and get off the highway the night before.
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