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One Man Dead After Allegedly Attacking Police Officer

A local man was shot and killed last night — after reportedly attacking a patrol officer near a west Shreveport apartment complex. Shreveport Police Sgt. Bill Goodin says Corporal Bryan Lauzon was working off-duty security — in full uniform and in a marked police car — at an apartment complex in the 3400 block of Mertis Avenue when he noticed a man riding a bicycle through the property. Lauzon noticed the man was coming from an area of the complex where there had been compaints of narcotics activity, so he stopped 44-year-old Michael Gilyard just north of the apartments. That’s when he noticed a handgun concealed in Gilyard’s pants, and the two began fighting. During the fight, Gilyard apparently tried to grab the officer’s handgun, and Corporal Lauzon fired three shots. One of them hit Gilyard, and Lauzon called for assistance. Gilyard was taken to LSU Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Detectives recovered a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun, $8,000 cash, just over three grams of suspected crack cocaine, and about 16 grams of marijuana from the scene.  They believe Gilyard had all of it on him at the time.  Goodin says the investigation continues and, per departmental policy, Corp. Lauzon has been placed on paid administrative leave until the results are in. That info will be turned over to the Caddo District Attorney’s Office for review.

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