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 that resulted in the death of a robbery suspect last month was justified.
Larry Allan Jerrils, 58, of Walker, Michigan, died after pulling what officers thought was a gun from his waistband, as they were trying to apprehend him following the robbery of a Bossier City shoe store. The officers, Andrew Nichols and Kevin Wooten had no way of knowing it was a toy gun.
It happened just before 8 p.m. on June 12, 2014 when Nichols and 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 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, but 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 toward his parked car. 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.