By Bonnie Culverhouse
A full-time Webster Parish Sheriff’s deputy is in critical condition after being airlifted to Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport.
According to Sheriff Jason Parker, the unidentified officer was shot in an exchange of gunfire between other law enforcement and a reportedly suicidal man barricaded in a Doyline residence.
“We have a suspect barricaded in a mobile home located on Green Tree Lane in Doyline,” Parker said, around 9:30 p.m. Friday. “We are in the process of trying to get him to come out now.”
The sheriff said the reason the suspect opened fire is unknown.
“He was responding to a call at the trailer,” he said of the deputy. “He was alone, but as other officers arrived, they took on some gunfire and the officer was shot.”
Parker said the officer was airlifted to the Shreveport hospital. Law enforcement sources say the officer was shot in the head.
“He’s a full-time deputy for me, working out at BDCC (Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center) as a corrections supervisor,” Parker said. “His job as a Doyline Police Officer is his part-time job, and it was in this aspect that he was working in tonight.”
Around 10 p.m., Bossier Tactical Units joined the more than 30 officers already on the scene.
The Webster Parish Journal will update as information becomes available.