BATON ROUGE, La. (WGNO) — Newly released bodycam video of a confrontation between a driver and a Louisiana State Trooper on I-10 in Baton Rouge shows the driver walking toward the trooper, begging to be killed.
The incident occurred Dec. 8, 2022, and Louisiana State Police released the video Tuesday.
The video is a montage of several troopers’ bodycam and dashboard footage, assembled by the State Police in a “Critical Incident Briefing Video.” Parts of the video are narrated by State Police Spokeswoman, Trooper Melissa Matey.
In the video, an unidentified trooper pulls over a driver on I-10 near the Washington Street exit. After telling the driver he was “swerving” and asking for his identification, the trooper walks back to his patrol car. The driver, later identified as Jose Reza-Navarro of Spring, Texas, pulls away.
A chase ensues, and Reza-Navarro’s car strikes several vehicles on the interstate. Eventually, Reza-Navarro stops the car and gets out. The trooper, with his gun drawn, tells Reza-Navarro to stop and show his hands.
The exchange grows tenser as Reza-Navarro refuses to follow the Trooper’s commands and instead repeatedly yells at the trooper to “kill” him.
Ultimately the trooper shoots Reza-Navarro, fatally wounding him. As several troopers try to bandage Reza-Navarro’s wound, he continues asking them to kill him, saying several times, “Just let me die, please.”
After Reza-Navarro’s death the LSP received a search warrant for his car, where they say they found 83 kilos of cocaine in suitcases, with an estimated street value of $2.5 million.
An excerpt of the video is above. You can find the full video on the La. State Police website, here. Viewer discretion is advised.