Four Baton Rouge police officers accused of shooting and killing an armed man after a chase that ended in West Baton Rouge Parish will return to work on Tuesday, a police spokesman said Monday in a news release.
Police officers Paul Brown, 27, Richard McCloskey, 29, Nicholas Morgan, 31, and Joshua Ellis, 36, were placed on administrative leave Aug. 5 after the shooting occurred, Sgt. Don Stone said.
The man shot was Darryl Douglas Parault, 48, of Jarreau, Trooper Russell Graham, a State Police spokesman, has said.
The incident between Parault and the police started about 11:15 p.m. Aug. 5 when a Baton Rouge police officer in a marked police car tried to pull over Parault for a traffic violation on Airline Highway near Florida Boulevard, Stone has said.
Stone has not said what traffic law Parault violated.
Parault refused to stop and led police on a pursuit over the U.S. 190 Bridge into West Baton Rouge Parish, a Police Department news release said.
Three more officers in police cruisers eventually joined the chase, Stone said.
The pursuit, which never reached high speeds, continued west on U.S. 190 past La. 415. About a mile west of the intersection of U.S. 190 and La. 415, Parault pulled over on the right shoulder of La. 415, the release says.
As Parault got out of his small pickup truck as ordered, the “officers observed a gun in his hand,” the release says.
The police ordered Parault to drop the gun. When he refused to comply, the “officers shot him,” the release says.
Parault died at the scene, the release says.