The Shreveport Police officer who fired on the vehicle that was threatening him in downtown Shreveport early Sunday morning has been identified as Corporal David Heaser.
Heaser is a thirteen year veteran of the Police Department and has been a member of the Downtown Unit for approximately six years.
At approximately 3:20 a.m. on Sunday, April 1, 2012, two Bossier City men were driving through the alley between Texas Avenue and Milam Street after leaving a local night club. According to witnesses, the driver of the truck hit a pole and at least one parked car in the alley as he drove toward Spring Street. Two Shreveport Police Department Mounted Patrol Officers arrived on the scene and ordered the driver to stop the vehicle. With the horses directly in front of the truck, the driver held his foot on the brake and accelerated the engine at a high speed, causing the back tires to spin.
Fearing they were about to be run over by the truck, Corporal Heaser drew his weapon and fired at the truck, striking the driver. The truck continued past the officers, striking another parked car on Spring Street and turned east on Texas Street, crossing the bridge into Bossier City. A Shreveport Police K9 Officer responding to the call, saw the truck turn from East Texas Street onto Traffic Street in Bossier City. The K9 Officer stopped the vehicle and the former passenger of the truck, who was now driving, said the driver had been shot. The K9 Officer called for paramedics and Bossier City Police Officers to respond to the scene.
The suspect, Christopher D. Duggan, a 30 year old man, currently residing in Bossier City has been charged with Aggravated Assault With a Vehicle On a Police Officer, Driving While Intoxicated, Aggravated Flight From an Officer and Reckless Operation of a Vehicle. He is currently at LSU Medical Center and his condition has been upgraded to 'Good'.