Jeff Booker

STANLEY, La. -- A DeSoto Parish sheriff's deputy was injured early Sunday morning when he and another deputy were shot at when responding to a call in the Stanley community, Sheriff Jayson Richardson said.

Deputy Gabe Whitaker II sustained a non-life threatening wound to the shoulder. He's been treated and released from a local hospital. The other deputy was not hurt.

Richardson identified the shooter as 56-year-old Jeff Booker, a Stanley man who has a history of drug abuse and mental health issues. 

"We've been dealing with him for years and years," Richardson said. 

Whitaker expressed his appreciation in a social media post to those who assisted him. He also offered advice to fellow law enforcement officers.

"To everyone in my line of work, I cannot stress enough that COMPLACENCY KILLS. Never get comfortable and complacent on the job. The good Lord above spared me as it’s obvious he has a bigger plan for me. Huge shout-out to my brothers on scene on with me this morning removing me from a bad situation and providing the aid needed. We never know how close we are as a family until we need one another," he wrote. 

Booker, who was armed with a shotgun, fired upon the two deputies around 5 a.m. as they arrived at his home on Booker Loop, which is off U.S. Highway 84, Richardson said. Deputies responded to a report from Booker that someone who was armed was trying to attack him. 

The deputies exchanged gunfire with Booker after he began firing at them, but he was not hit. Booker barricaded himself inside but surrendered after a brief standoff. 

State police have taken over the investigation. Booker was booked into the DeSoto Detention Center on two counts of attempted first-degree murder, 12 counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer and resisting arrest.


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