BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Louisiana State Police issued a Tuesday, Jan. 10 statement regarding an ongoing investigation into a trooper shooting and killing a Texas man on Dec. 8.
LSP said Jose Reza-Navarro, 52, fled a traffic stop around 10:02 p.m. That triggered a high-speed chase and multiple hit-and-runs along Interstate 10. Troopers reportedly stopped pursuit to protect the public.
Just after the chase, LSP said, troopers found Reza-Navarro in the Chevrolet Suburban he’d been driving after it was incapacitated from a wreck. The Spring, Texas man left the vehicle and fled on foot along I-110 in Baton Rouge.
For reasons that are under investigation, a trooper fired his gun at Reza-Navarro. The man died at the scene, though EMS was contacted and he received aid. This trooper has since been placed on administrative leave.
LSP reportedly discovered 182.9 pounds of suspected cocaine in Reza-Navarro’s vehicle with an estimated street value of $2.5 million.
Police say the most recent development in their investigation into the shooting is the production of a Critical Incident Briefing Video, which includes body-worn camera footage and dashboard camera footage.
According to LSP, “Only facts are given in the CIBV and some of the recordings have been redacted to afford involved individuals their right to privacy or to protect witnesses and/or victims.”
The video is available to view at the link below, and LSP cautions that viewer discretion is advised for children and sensitive viewers.