Authorities on Monday released the names of the four Baton Rouge police officers involved in a shooting Friday that killed an 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 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 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,” 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.
The West Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office removed Parault’s body from the scene, the release says.
State Police is investigating the incident.
The four officers were placed on paid administrative leave.