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Bossier City police officers cleared in fatal shooting, suspect used toy gun

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Jerrils' toy gun used in the robbery (Photo courtesy: BCPD) Jerrils' toy gun used in the robbery (Photo courtesy: BCPD)
BOSSIER CITY, La. - Bossier authorities say Officers Andrew Nichols and Kevin Wooten acted appropriately during the June 12 officer-involved shooting that killed Larry Jerrils, 58.

"Officers are forced to make split-second decisions, and in this case they felt that their lives were threatened," BCPD spokesperson Mark Natale said. "They thought that this individual had a real gun, and based on the investigations they took the appropriate actions."

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Police say Larry Jerrils used a toy gun painted black to hold up a Bossier City shoe store. When officers approached, Jerrils put his hand in his jacket and fled the store. Officers Nichols and Wooten chased Jerrils only a few seconds before they caught up. Then, officers say Jerrils turned around, pointed a gun at them, and they opened fire.

Bossier City authorities later found out Jerrils was wanted in Michigan and had cut an ankle-monitor bracelet June 7.

PRESS RELEASE FROM BCPD: Investigations by the Bossier City Police Department and a subsequent review by the Bossier Parish District Attorney’s Office have determined a shooting involving two Bossier City police officers last month was justified.

On June 12, 2014 just before 8 p.m, Officers Andrew Nichols and Kevin Wooten responded to a silent hold up alarm at the Payless ShoeSource store in the 2000 block of Airline Drive. The officers arrived on the scene within a few minutes and before entering the store, they were alerted by an employee inside that there was trouble after Officer Wooten used a hand signal asking her if she was OK. The employee responded by shaking her head “no.” Both officers then entered the store and encountered the suspect, later identified as Larry Allan Jerrils, 58, of Walker, Michigan. The officers ordered Jerrils multiple times to show his hands and surrender however he refused. During this time Jerrils placed his hand inside the front of his jacket, leading officers to believe that he was armed with a weapon. Jerrils continued to ignore the officers’ commands and then ran out of the store.

The officers pursued Jerrils on foot as he ran north along the storefront and then turned west on the north side of the building towards his parked car. Officer Nichols caught up with Jerrils and grabbed him with his hand at which time Jerrils turned toward the officers and pulled a gun from his waistband. In response to Jerrils action both officers fired multiple rounds from their service weapons at Jerrils. Jerrils was pronounced dead at the scene. Police later found that the firearm Jerrils pulled out as the officers were attempting to take him into custody was a toy gun.

Police also learned from store employees that prior to the officers’ arrival Jerrils had robbed the business upon displaying the gun in the front waistband of his pants and declaring to the employees that he was robbing the store. The employees told investigators that they believed the weapon was real.

The employees complied with Jerrils’ demands and gave him an undisclosed amount of money belonging to the business that was placed in a shoebox. The stolen money was recovered at the scene of the shooting.

Police also learned later that Jerrils was wanted by authorities in Michigan for a parole violation related to charges of armed robbery, home invasion and attempted sexual assault. Michigan authorities tell Bossier City police that Jerrils had removed a court ordered monitoring device from his ankle and fled the state on Saturday, June 7, 2014. It’s not known if Jerrils was passing through or staying in Bossier City when he committed the robbery of the Payless ShoeSource Store on June 12, 2014. Jerrils had a lengthy criminal history that included arrests for armed robbery, burglary and vehicle theft.

Both Officers Wooten and Nichols were placed on routine administrative leave following the shooting and will return to duty once they are medically cleared.

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