Bossier City Officer cleared in motel shooting
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. Rupert then aggressively approached the officer with scissors in hand. 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.
Edmonds was placed on administrative leave following the shooting. He will remain on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation for possible violations of the departmental policy conducted by the Internal Affairs Division.
Video from the inn and Edmonds’ body camera show Rupert to be allegedly acting in an erratic manner, and can be heard using racial comments and telling the officer he would have to shoot. The officer is seen distancing himself from the suspect, who despite clear instructions made an advancement toward the officer.