State trooper at center of investigation into Black man's death dies Tuesday from injuries in crash
SHREVEPORT - State Trooper Chris Hollingsworth, who was served intent to terminate papers by Louisiana State Police Sunday, has died from injuries sustained in a single vehicle crash. Hollingsworth's crash occurred hours after he was served the papers.
Ouachita Parish Coroner Chief Investigator Warren Lee said Hollingsworth died at 6:41 am at a Shreveport hospital. He is currently being transported from Shreveport to Ouachita Parish where an autopsy will be performed Tuesday.
The WBRZ Investigative Unit along with multiple other media outlets reported that Hollingsworth is one of several state troopers named in a federal lawsuit tied to Ronald Greene's death in May of 2019. Hollingsworth was placed on leave on Sept. 9, 2020-- the same day the WBRZ Investigative Unit submitted public records requests involving the Greene case.
For the first time, Governor John Bel Edwards addressed the situation.
"I'm not comfortable in saying that I'm happy with the time that has elapsed," Edwards said. "But, I'm aware there are reasons for that and there's an approach that has been taken for as long as anyone can remember when a criminal investigation that are ongoing as to the sequence of events."
Edwards also said he has full confidence in Colonel Kevin Reeves as the leader of State Police.
Hollingsworth was served intent to terminate papers Sunday, an unusual circumstance, according to Louisiana State Police sources.
State Police have been tight-lipped on the case.
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