SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) — The man shot and killed by police Wednesday after a high-speed chase through Shreveport has been identified.
Trivenskey O. Odom, 27, of Shreveport, is the man police say they were forced to use lethal force on after leading them on a chase that ended on Jewella Ave. just before 7 p.m. with several officers opening fire on him as he approached the intersection with Greenwood Rd. where spike strips had been laid out.
Shreveport police say Odom had stolen an SUV at gunpoint and shooting another man an hour and a half earlier and was firing a gun out the window during the 30 to 45-minute chase.
According to details released by SPD Thursday morning, “the armed suspect brandished a handgun several times during the pursuit and allegedly discharged the weapon randomly during the incident, narrowly missing innocent bystanders. Multiple attempts to disable the suspect’s fleeing vehicle were made by use of tire deflation devices; however, the suspect refused to stop and continued to flee, placing the public at great risk.”
Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator went one step further in explaining the justification for the shooting Thursday morning.
“It’s evident he had a weapon inside the vehicle, he was pointing it at different people. He pointed the weapon at the conclusion while still rolling forward. We had done everything possible at law enforcement agencies to get him to stop.”
Police say the Odom had stolen a white older model Chevrolet Tahoe in the 200 block of East 70th St. around 4:30 p.m. and shot a man multiple times before fleeing the scene. The victim was hit in the leg and showed up at Oschner’s LSU Health Hospital ER a short time later. His wounds are not believed to be life-threatening.
Almost an hour and a half later, Caddo Parish Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 5300 block of North Market St. just before 6 p.m., where a man armed with a handgun was threatening to harm himself and others inside a home. After being spotted by sheriff’s deputies, police say he took off.
Officers from SPD and a Louisiana State Police trooper joined in the chase, which spanned portions of northern Caddo Parish and areas of east and west Shreveport.
It all came to an end on Jewella Ave. just north of Greenwood Rd. just before 7 p.m., when multiple officers opened fire on Odom moments after he slowed to a stop at the intersection before hitting spike strips that had been laid out moments before.
“It started and was over with within six or seven seconds,” Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator said in an impromptu briefing at the scene about an hour after the deadly shooting.
Prator says that happened after Shreveport Police Chief Ben Raymond gave the go ahead and “shut the vehicle down” due to the danger Odom was posing to the public. That decision was reinforced in SPD’s statement on the incident Thursday morning.
During the pursuit, which had been continuing for approximately a half hour, it had become apparent to authorities that the suspect, based on his actions, was willing to continue eluding authorities at all costs and without any regard for the safety of the public, himself or pursuing officers. With this knowledge, law officers in their obligation to protect public safety, ended the pursuit at the intersection of Jewella Avenue at Greenwood Road, ultimately being forced to result to lethal force options.
An autopsy has been ordered.
According to a statement released Thursday morning, a handgun believed to have been used in the crime was found inside the stolen SUV. The investigation, which police say remains in its very early stages, will be worked jointly between members of the Shreveport Police Department, Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office and Louisiana State Police.
According to Sheriff Prator, more than 30 officers, deputies, and troopers have already given statements, “and that’s not including the six officers that were involved in the shooting.”