West Monroe man dies after traffic stop 

A West Monroe man ended his life tragically just after 1 a.m. Friday.

Louisiana State Police Public Information Officer Jonathan Odom said a trooper made a traffic stop on a 2007 Dodge pick-up truck for a traffic violation in I-20 eastbound just east of La. 157 at exit 33 (Haughton/Fillmore in Bossier Parish).

“The vehicle initially pulled over,” Odom said. “The trooper identified the driver as 48-year-old Wallace Michael Ford.”

After producing documents during the stop, Ford reportedly fled in the vehicle.

“Troopers pursued, and in an attempt to safely resolve the pursuit, tire deflation devices were successfully deployed,” Odom said.

Webster Parish Sheriff’s deputies helped LSP bring the pursuit safely to an end on I-20 around exit 44.

“The driver refused to exit the vehicle when troopers gave loud verbal commands to do so,” Odom continued. “While still in the vehicle, Ford produced a firearm and used it to self inflict a gunshot wound.”

Odom said the Webster Parish Coroner pronounced Ford deceased on the scene.

LSP Bureau of Investigations Bossier Field Office is the investigating agency.

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