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Neighbors react to officer involved shooting in Shreveport

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SHREVEPORT, La. -

A man is dead and a Shreveport Police officer placed on leave, after what started as a call for medical help Tuesday night, took a tragic turn.

By all neighbor accounts, 58-year-old John Shepherd, was a very friendly person.

So the events that led up to his death, neighbors in the quiet Broadmoor Terrace neighborhood say, is out-of-character from what they know of him.

The shooting happened at a home in the 500 block of Americana Drive, near Horton Avenue and Lovers Lane, not far from Dixie Gardens.

"Information was received that the male patient was having difficulty breathing and suffering from an altered level of consciousness," explains Shreveport Police Cpl. Marcus Hines on scene Tuesday night.

Nearby neighbors say John Shepherd had multiple health problems, but they couldn't imagine what would have driven him to try and harm anyone.

But authorities say Shepherd had become combative with first responders, arming himself with a knife.

"At that point, Shreveport Police officers arrived on scene, and attempted contact with the individual," Hines says.

Authorities say that contact turned dangerous, when Shepherd refused to put down the knife after several orders from police.

And after he allegedly lunged at police, one of those officers fired a single shot, hitting Shepherd in the upper body.

He died at the hospital.

"This is an unfortunate tragedy. This a very tragic situation and it's just unfortunate at this point."

They didn't want to go on camera, but one neighbor says Shepherd often walked her dog, and another says he was friendly but mostly kept to himself.

But above all they say they're deeply saddened over the entire situation.

Shreveport Police Chief Willie Shaw, who was on scene Tuesday night, says it's a terrible tragedy for all involved, and that the department's prayers are with the officer, and the family of the deceased.

There was an adult female in the home at the time, who authorities say placed the initial 911 call for medical assistance.

The officer, Phillip Tucker, has been placed on administrative leave, which is routine policy in an incident like this.

He was hired by the department in 2009.

The shooting is still under investigation.

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