Teen Killed in Police Shooting Update - KLFY News 10

Teen Killed in Police Shooting Update


State Police are now investigating the officer involved shooting that left a Breaux Bridge teenager dead. The shooting happened around 7:40 Sunday night in the 900 block of Landry Street.

When Breaux Bridge police arrived at the scene, they say 17-year-old Darnesha Harris was driving a 2005 Toyota Corolla toward their unit. 

Harris crashed head on with the police unit, then backed up hit a parked car,  and struck a bystander. Police then opened fire and struck Harris. The teen was taken to the hospital where she later died.

Many in the community are outraged over the shooting death of Harris.  Early Monday morning, they gathered together to speak out.  Family members were visibly shaken, including Harris' mother, who was so upset, she was taken to the hospital.

The majority are questioning why the officer shot Harris, including her brother, Dartaniel Lewis, who says his sister was unarmed.

"I understand he had to protect the people, but listen to the people before taking action," said Lewis. "Somebody's life could have been saved."

State Police are investigating the incident and say the officer opened fire following Harris' erratic driving behavior.  They say she hit the officer's vehicle, and then backed into a parked car, before hitting a bystander and another parked car.

Trooper Stephen Hammons with Troop I said, "Each officer involved shooting is unique, each one is investigated differently, based on those circumstances we are given."

According to friends and family, Harris was fleeing a fight when officers arrived at the scene.

"They started fighting," said Lewis. "And the women, everyone was just jumping on my sister."

Police are not releasing the officer's name at this time. While many are angry over Harris' death, her brother wants a peaceful ending.

"I just think justice needs to be served and people need to let all the information come together," said Lewis. "Everybody (needs to) hold off and keep cool about the situation."

State police say after their investigation, they'll forward their findings to the District Attorney for further review.

-Caroline Balchunas

BREAUX BRIDGE- Last night, Detectives with Louisiana State Police were requested by the Breaux Bridge Police Chief to investigate a shooting involving one of his officers.

On December 2, 2012, at about 7:40 p.m., Officers with the Breaux Bridge Police Department were dispatched to a disturbance in the 900 block of Landry Street in Breaux Bridge.


From State Police regarding Breaux Bridge Shooting:
As the Officers were arriving on the scene a 17-year-old female Darnesha Harris of Breaux Bridge, was driving a 2005 Toyota Corolla toward their unit. Harris struck the front of the Officers unit with the vehicle she was driving, then she placed the vehicle in reverse and struck a parked car on the roadway. After hitting the parked car Harris drove forward, traveled through a ditch, struck a bystander and a parked car in a driveway.

One of the responding Officers exited his vehicle and discharged his weapon striking Harris. Harris was transported to a local hospital where she later died as a result of her injuries.

The bystander was transported to a local hospital with moderate injuries.

This case remains under investigation.

After completing the investigation, Detectives will forward their findings to the 16th Judicial District Attorney for review.



Teen Killed in Police Shooting

State police are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Breaux Bridge.

Family members have confirmed to News 10, the 15 year old girl who was shot, has died.

Two others were allegedly hit during the shooting that happened at around 8:00 PM Sunday night, in the 900 block of Landry Street, near Wade Street.

The shooting shook up the entire neighborhood. Many are angry over the teenager's death. But police are still investigating exactly what transpired.

Police say they responded to a call around 8:15 PM at a residence. At some point, a female driver hit a squad car head on and then backed up hitting a person in the driveway.

Exactly when shots were fired is still unknown. But, state police say there are a lot of unanswered questions about the timeline of events.

Family members say the female was transported to St. Martin Hospital where she later died. Of course we'll keep you updated on the rest.

Caroline Balchunas

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