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Official: Black man killed by Louisiana police was unarmed


SHREVEPORT, La. — A Black man was unarmed when police in Louisiana fatally shot him in the chest last week after he ran away from a domestic disturbanc­e call, authoritie­s said.

The federal prosecutor in Shreveport, U.S. Attorney Brandon Brown, said Tuesday he’s keeping in contact with state police, which is the agency investigat­ing the shooting.

Alonzo Bagley, 43, was killed outside a Shreveport apartment complex on Friday and no weapon was found on or near him, Col. Lamar Davis, the superinten­dent of Louisiana State Police, said at a news conference Monday.

The Shreveport police officer who shot Bagley, 23-yearold Alexander Tyler, has been placed on administra­tive leave, Davis said.

Bagley was killed after two officers responded to a call around 10:50 Friday night to what Davis described as a “domestic disturbanc­e” call, without providing details.

Bagley went through a bedroom onto a balcony, jumped to the ground and ran, Davis said. The officers chased him.

“Upon rounding a corner of the building, Officer Tyler observed Mr. Bagley and fired one shot from his service weapon, which struck Mr. Bagley in the chest,” Davis said.

“Both officers immediatel­y began to render first aid,” Davis added. Bagley was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The family has hired a Louisiana attorney Ronald Haley.

“Our office will walk through this process with the Bagley family, to ensure transparen­cy and accountabi­lity,” Haley’s firm said in a statement posted Monday on Facebook.

Haley’s other high-profile clients include the family of Ronald Greene, a Black motorist whose 2019 death in state police custody in north Louisiana prompted lawsuits and criminal charges against law enforcemen­t officers.

Brown, the federal prosecutor, said he has also contacted the FBI and the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division about the shooting.

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