Here is the only official statement from Louisiana State Police concerning the shooting south of Coushatta on Wednesday morning:
“One Coushatta resident was killed and a sheriff’s deputy was injured early Wednesday morning on Banks Street south of Coushatta. Here is the news release from the State Police in Shreveport:
“On Wednesday August 2, 2017, at approximately 7:26 a.m. Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations/Shreveport Field Office (LSP SFO) responded to an officer involved shooting in Red River Parish. LSP SFO was requested to investigate the shooting by the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Department.
“The preliminary investigation revealed that the Red River Sheriff’s Department responded to a residence on Banks Street south of Coushatta in reference to a welfare concern. Upon arrival, deputies made contact with a male subject who was the source of the call. The male subject armed himself with a firearm. Shots were then fired by both the male subject and the deputies.
“One of the deputies and the male subject were shot during the incident. The deputy was transported to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The male subject was also transported to a local hospital where he died as a result of his injuries.
“This investigation remains active and ongoing.
“There is no more information available at this time (Wednesday afternoon).”
The resident who was killed is identified by family members as Preston Thornton.
Administrative Lieutenant Troy Murray of the Sheriff’s Department said the identities of the two officers involved in the incident are not being released, that it is too early in the investigation. Murray said one officer remains hospitalized in stable condition. He is being treated for non-life threatening injuries and is expected to make a full recovery. Both officers are on paid administrative leave while the investigation continues.