State Police investigating officer-involved fatal shooting of inmate

Published 4:59 pm Friday, September 24, 2021

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office has requested the Louisiana State Police investigate Thursday’s officer-involved shooting of an escaped inmate.

Trooper Sgt. Derek Senegal said 20-year-old Desmond Louis of Lake Charles was shot while officers from both CPSO and Lake Charles police were investigating an anonymous tip regarding his whereabouts.

Louis had an active arrest warrant through the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office for simple escape after he fled from a work detail on Monday.

“Upon learning of Louis’ location, the CPSO SWAT team and LCPD arrived at a residence located on 11th Street in Lake Charles and began calling Louis and the other occupants out of the house,” Senegal said. “During the course of the interaction, Louis fired multiple shots at CPSO and LCPD officers from inside the residence. A short time later, Louis exited the house through the front door and fired additional shots at officers. Several officers and deputies discharged their weapons, striking Louis. He was pronounced dead at the scene.”

No deputies, officers, or occupants of the residence were injured during the incident, Senegal said.

Louisiana State Police is the lead investigating agency for the officer involved shooting. The CPSO Forensic Investigative Unit responded to the scene and is assisting with the investigation.