Deadly officer-involved shooting under investigation

A deadly officer-involved shooting is under investigation after a high-speed chase through at least two parishes.

It all started around 10:15pm on Thursday, Dec. 8th with a pursuit involving a man and Louisiana State Police troopers. It appears the chase went from West Baton Rouge Parish into East Baton Rouge Parish.

The suspect, Jose Reza-Navarro of Spring, TX, is said to have led law enforcement on a chase with him hitting speeds upwards of 150+ mph. It started after a trooper conducted a traffic stop on a Chevrolet Suburban for a traffic violation on Interstate 10 eastbound, west of LA 415 in West Baton Rouge Parish. 

During the traffic stop, Reza-Navarro fled east on Interstate 10 resulting in the chase.

Spike strips were set up to stop him, but despite two damaged tires, the man continued driving.

During the pursuit, Reza-Navarro caused multiple hit and run crashes as he continued to flee troopers. Due to the enhanced danger to the public and excessive speed of the violator, troopers terminated the pursuit. 

Shortly after terminating the pursuit, Troopers encountered Reza-Navarro’s vehicle after he crashed into another vehicle on Interstate 10 eastbound near Interstate 110. 

Reza-Navarro was observed leaving the scene on foot. State Police have now released dash and body camera footage from the troopers involved showing troopers warning the man repeatedly if he came closer, they would shoot. The man did not stop walking towards the troopers so they did end up shooting twice. The shooting remains under investigations.

Despite contacting EMS and rendering aid, Reza-Navarro succumbed to his injuries at the scene. 

The incident scene was processed by Louisiana State Police Crime Lab Technicians. While processing the scene, a search warrant was obtained and executed for Reza-Navarro’s vehicle. Subsequently, detectives located approximately 83 kilos of suspected cocaine [pending scientific analysis] concealed within suitcases in the vehicle. The estimated street value of the seized narcotics is $2.5 million.

In accordance with LSP policy, the Trooper involved in the deadly force event will be placed on administrative leave at this time. The investigation remains ongoing with further information to be released in coordination with the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney’s Office at the appropriate time.

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