Authorities on Monday released the names of the four Baton Rouge police officers involved in a shooting Friday that killed an allegedly armed man after a chase that ended in West Baton Rouge Parish.
Police spokesman Sgt. Don Stone said the four police officers are:
• Officer Paul Brown, 27, hired July 2006, assigned to Uniform Patrol First District.
• Officer Richard McCloskey, 29, hired April 2008, assigned to Uniform Patrol Fourth District.
• Officer Nicholas Morgan, 31, hired November 2004, assigned to Uniform Patrol First District.
• Officer Joshua Ellis, 36, hired July 2007, assigned to Uniform Patrol First District.
The man shot was Darryl Douglas Parault, 48, of Jarreau, Trooper Russell Graham, a State Police spokesman, has said.
The incident between Parault and police started about 11:15 p.m. Friday 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 said Saturday in a news release.
Stone did not elaborate on what the violation was.
Parault refused to stop and led police on a pursuit over the U.S. 190 Bridge into West Baton Rouge Parish, the release says.
Three more officers in police cruisers eventually joined the chase, Stone said.
The pursuit, which never reached high speed, 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,” Stone’s 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.
Lt. Doug Cain with State Police said the shooting was recorded by at least one video camera on the dashboard of one of the police units.
The four officers were placed on paid administrative leave, pending a criminal investigation by State Police and an internal investigation by the Police Department.
Authorities with the Police Department and State Police refused Monday to release additional details about the chase, citing the pending investigations.
Parault’s family declined comment.
Court records show Parault does not have a criminal background in East Baton Rouge Parish and Pointe Coupee Sheriff’s Capt. Steve Juge said the Sheriff’s Office has no booking or arrest records for Parault.
Koran Addo contributed to this report.