Officer Involved Shooting Under Investigation in Lake Charles
Over the weekend on Saturday, October 26, an officer with the Lake Charles Police Department (LCPD) shot a man after he struck a patrol vehicle while attempting to flee the scene. The incident is now under investigation by the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations after a request was made by LCPD.
According to a Louisiana State Police (LSP) Troop D media release,
The preliminary investigation revealed LCPD officers responded to a disturbance call at a residence on Tulip Street in Lake Charles shortly before noon. Upon arrival, officers encountered 45-year-old Kerry Van-Buren at the residence. As officers began to investigate the disturbance, Van-Buren entered his vehicle and struck a LCPD patrol vehicle as he attempted to flee the scene. As the incident occurred, an LCPD officer discharged his firearm striking Van-Buren.
Van-Buren was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and released. He was then booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged. No additional injuries were reported.
There are no further details for now as an active investigation continues.