Officer placed on leave following Wednesday night shooting

 A Gonzales police officer was placed on administrative leave with pay after a reckless vehicle operation incident ended with an officer-involved shooting. His placement on leave is protocol anytime an officer is involved in a shooting.

Shortly before midnight on Dec. 14, Gonzales Police Officers were dispatched to an area of LA Hwy 30 and I-10 after they received numerous 911 calls reporting the reckless operation of a white Corvette. Officers arrived at the area and began to look for the Corvette.

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One of the officers believed he saw the vehicle flipped over in the middle of Ashland Rd. near LA Hwy 30.

Sources tell Unfiltered with Kiran, the Corvette driver, Joseph White, threatened to harm his wife, who was a passenger in the vehicle. The estranged husband allegedly hit her with the gun and she called 911, but then disconnected. To escape while in the car, she grabbed the wheel, which resulted in the car flipping over. According to sources, the woman got away and called the police.

When the officer approached the vehicle and interacted with the suspected driver, White, the officer walked towards the officer. The video above shows White saying he was trying to give the officer the gun, but then shot himself in the head. The officer fired a round as well not certain of White’s intentions and struck him once. However, sources say the self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head is what killed White. The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating the discharging of the officer’s weapon.

Any additional information about the circumstances that led up to this event or the investigation itself should be directed to the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office.

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