Both the Bossier City Police Department and the Bossier Parish District Attorney say the officer's shooting was "justified."
Officer Patrick Edmonds, Jr., who is African American, responded to a disturbance at a local hotel on Oct. 25. According to police, Officer Patrick was confronted by Shannon Rupert - who was in the hotel lobby brandishing a pair of scissors.
Shannon, in the recording was also heard calling the officer, who is Black, a "n*gger" multiple times.
The officer also asked her repeatedly to drop the weapon repeatedly and she refused. Then she “aggressively approached the officer with scissors in hand.”
As you can see in the video, Officer Patrick shot Shannon twice. Later she was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Following the incident, District Attorney Schuyler Marvin sent a letter to Police Chief Shane McWilliams Monday saying the District Attorney’s office spoke with BCPD investigators and reviewed video from the hotel and bodycam footage. “Based on all evidence reviewed it is my firm opinion that no crime was committed by the officer as his actions constituted justifiable homicide." DO YOU AGREE?