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January 24 12:32 PM

Officer who shot gunman placed on leave

PRESS RELEASE Shreveport Police Department

A Shreveport police officer who shot a man who allegedly fired numerous shots at a group of people in west Shreveport last weekend has been placed on administrative leave.

Officer Steve Desselle was placed on administrative leave by Shreveport Police Chief Willie Shaw in accordance with departmental policy.

Just minutes before 3 a.m.

Saturday, Jan. 18, Officer Desselle was checking on a business in the 5200 block of Monkhouse Drive when he heard numerous shots being fired.

As the officer initiated an investigation, he saw a male sus pect firing a semi-automatic rifle at a crowd of people gathered on a parking lot there.

The uniformed patrolman approached the gunman and ordered him to drop the weapon.

The suspect refused to comply and continued to discharge the firearm.

At that point, Officer Desselle fired shots at the armed suspect, who subsequently fled the scene of the crime in a vehicle.

Moments later, as other officers responded to assist, authorities received a call about a man in a vehicle at Hearne Avenue and Midway Street who had been shot.

Upon further investigation, police found 26-year-old Ronald Hill there suffering from several gunshot wounds.

Hill was transported to University Health Center by Shreveport Fire Department personnel with what were described as serious injuries. He is expected to recover.

Based on information and evidence gathered during their ongoing inquiry, detectives believe Hill was firing a rifle at the crowd on Monkhouse Drive when he was confronted by Officer Desselle.

Hill has been charged with one count of illegal use of a weapon and may face other charges. Investigators have seized at least three weapons in connection with this shooting, including the rifle they believe that Hill was shooting.

Police then responded to Willis-Knighton Hospital in the 2600 block of Greenwood Road in reference to an adult male in the emergency room receiving treatment for wounds he allegedly received on Monkhouse Drive. The victim apparently had shrapnel wounds to his lower extremities that investigators believe occurred as a result of Hill firing the rifle.

Officer Desselle, who was hired by the Shreveport Police Department in August 2009, was not injured.

The investigation into this shooting is continuing. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Shreveport-Caddo Parish Crime Stoppers at 673-7373 or online at www.lockemup.org.

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