Deputy-Involved Shooting: Officer Injured, Suspects in Custody

Published 6:36 pm Tuesday, January 9, 2024

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**Update** The male suspect’s identity has been revealed to be Brian Elius Archuleta. He has been charged with being a fugitive of another district, resisting by flight and resisting an officer. According to the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office website, Archuleta is being held without bond.

FRANKLINTON, La. – A Washington Parish deputy is currently in stable condition following a shooting incident during a routine traffic stop gone awry on LA Highway 38 Max Brumfield Road.

Candice Sledge, public information officer for the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office (WPSO), detailed the events: The deputy, who has not yet been named, was struck in the right leg by the suspect’s vehicle while conducting a speed-related stop. The deputy then discharged his firearm, successfully striking the rear driver’s side tire of the accelerating vehicle.

The male driver escaped into nearby woods but was swiftly apprehended after a foot chase by law enforcement. The female passenger remained with the car and was taken into custody without further incident.

The deputy involved in the shooting is recovering at Riverside Medical Center in Franklinton, where his condition has been reported as stable. In line with protocol, the Louisiana State Police have taken over the investigation to conduct a thorough and objective review of the shooting.

This is a developing story. This article will be updated with the names of the suspects and their charges once made available by WPSO.

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