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Shreveport man wanted for girlfriend's death fatally shot by authorities

2 years 5 months 2 weeks ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 April 08, 2020 4:39 AM April 08, 2020 in News
Source: Associated Press
Derek Swanson, wanted by police in connection with the death of his girlfriend, was fatally shot by authorities. Photo: Shreveport Police Department

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A man wanted for questioning in connection with his girlfriend’s slaying and for shooting at a sheriff’s deputy was fatally shot Tuesday in a gunfight with law enforcement authorities.

Derek Swanson, 28, started the shootout as he left a home he’d broken into about 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s office said in a statement. Three Louisiana state police troopers and a sheriff’s deputy fired back, killing Swanson, the statement said. None of the officers was hurt.

Swanson was wanted in connection with the death of his girlfriend, 26-year-old Taylor Baskins. She was shot multiple times Friday in Shreveport’s Highland neighborhood.

On Monday, Swanson walked into a house and took a gun, but threw it back down after realizing it wasn’t loaded, the sheriff’s office said. He also tried to steal another man’s truck while armed with a stick, the authorities said.

That same day, a Caddo Parish deputy saw Swanson and tried to question him but Swanson pulled out a gun, shot at the deputy — missing him — and fled, the sheriff’s office said in an earlier statement.

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