An investigation by the Bossier City Police Department and a subsequent review by the Bossier Parish District Attorney’s Office have determined a shooting involving a Bossier City police officer on October 25, 2019 was justified.
At 5:45 a.m. on October 25, 2019, Bossier City Police officer Patrick Edmonds, Jr., responded to a complaint of a disorderly person at 309 Preston Boulevard, the LaQuinta Inn.
Edmonds encountered 45-year-old Shannon Rupert of Shreveport who brandished a pair of scissors while on a phone in the lobby of the hotel.
“The officer gave multiple verbal commands to Rupert to put down the weapon,” a BCPD release says. “Rupert then aggressively approached the officer with scissors in hand.”
Authorities say the officer fired two rounds from his department issued handgun striking Rupert in the upper torso. Rupert was transported to the hospital where she was pronounced deceased.
Below are two videos of the incident, from the body cam of the officer and hotel surveillance video. Warning: The video contains graphic language.
In a letter releasing his findings, District Attorney J. Schuyler Marvin said, in part:
“Based on all the evidence reviewed, it is my firm opinion that no crime was committed by the officer as his actions constituted justifiable homicide. The circumstances confronting this officer were such that a reasonable belief existed that he was in imminent danger of losing his life or suffering great bodily harm, and the discharge of his firearm was necessary for the prevention of a possibly lethal threat.”
DA Marvin’s letter continues:
“Particularly helpful was video from the location and the officer’s bodycam. The deceased appeared highly animated and erratic in the time period preceding the officer’s arrival as she refused to leave the non-public area of the business and armed herself.
“Those actions continued after the officer arrived, and the deceased continued to grasp and brandish a scissors and knife. The officer distanced himself from the deceased on the other side of the hotel front-desk. In response [to] the officer’s clear instructions to drop her weapon, the deceased used racial epithets and told the officer that he would have to shoot her before she complied. The officer can be heard to calmly radio for assistance, even while the deceased makes advances from behind the deck in the officer’s direction.
“The officer conveyed a clear, concise warning of what would happen if the deceased continued to approach while armed. In immediate response to the officer’s warning, the deceased raised both arms while holding the scissors and moved towards the officer within a distance that appeared to be no more than seven and possibly five feet when the officer fired two shots, in immediate succession. The deceased’s intent of movement toward the officer is certain as her momentum continues to carry her forward even after she is shot. The events described herein happened much more quick than described.”
Edmonds was placed on administrative leave following the shooting. BCPD says that he will remain on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation by the Internal Affairs Division for possible violations of departmental policy.