A man who was shot by a patrol officer after brandishing a handgun at police during a traffic stop has been charged with a host of offenses.
At approximately 5:45 p.m. on Monday, Shreveport Police Officer Darrielle Stephens attempted to make a traffic stop on a vehicle near the intersection of Wyngate Boulevard and Brushy Lane. Preliminary investigation has revealed that an occupant of the suspect vehicle exited the car armed with a handgun and refused to obey lawful orders from Officer Stephens to drop the weapon. As the suspect turned toward the officer with the weapon in hand, Officer Stephens fired his department issued handgun at the suspect several times. The suspect fled the scene on foot and was finally apprehended by assisting officers about a block away from the vehicle. Officers have recovered the weapon the suspect was armed with at the time of this shooting. The suspect was subsequently transported to LSUHSC by the Shreveport Fire Department with at least two gunshot wound. He is reported to have serious wounds but is stable.
The suspect has been identified as 28-year-old Derek Henderson of the 800 block of Brushy Lane in Shreveport. Detectives have charged Henderson with one count each of aggravated assault on a police officer, possession of a Schedule II narcotic, possession of a handgun during a narcotics offense, felony possession of marijuana, and resisting an officer. Henderson also has an outstanding warrant through the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office.
Officer Darrielle Stephens, who was hired by the department in August of 2009, has been placed on routine administrative leave by Police Chief Willie Shaw.