Felon released from prison shoots deputy, sparking massive manhunt that ends in his death

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BATON ROUGE, LA – What started as an attempted early morning traffic stop on May 17th escalated into a deputy being shot and a manhunt transpiring into a wooded area.

Sources from the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office are now saying that the hunt for the suspect ended with him being shot and killed during a confrontation with law enforcement after hours of searching.

The chain of events began when an EBRSO deputy had pulled over 39-year-old Bernard Ledlow at approximately 7:00 a.m. on May 17th around Pecue Lane and Airline Highway.

According to officials, the deputy attempted to pull the driver over as the deputy suspected Ledlow to be nodding off while driving.

Instead of pulling over, it was reported that the suspect lead police on a chase for several miles.

The chase abruptly ended after Ledlow was said to have crashed his SUV near Kendalwood and Hoo Shoo Too roads. From there, the suspect allegedly fired a rifle from his rear windshield towards deputies engaging, causing one of the deputies to be grazed by a bullet on his leg.

After firing his rifle, it was said that Ledlow fled from his crashed vehicle and ran off into the woods nearby.

A perimeter was established around the woods that rests nearby the Amite River, with several law enforcement agencies lending resources to aid in the search. This resulted in the likes of K9s and helicopters being deployed to expedite the capture of the suspect.

After roughly a six-hour search, a confrontation occurred between Ledlow and law enforcement that resulted in him being shot dead.

Sheriff Sid Gautreaux from the EBRSO didn’t go into great detail regarding what exactly transpired during said confrontation, aside from noting that the suspect was killed by law enforcement.

A spokesperson from the sheriff’s office, Casey Rayborn Hicks, stated that the deputy wasn’t gravely injured and it was reported that he was released from the hospital shortly after receiving treatment.

As for the deceased suspect, reports have surfaced that he just recently served a 17-year prison sentence, and was just released in January of 2020. His prison term stemmed from a 2003 conviction related to possessing a gun with a shaved serial number and also the sale of narcotics.

In addition to Ledlow’s near-two-decade federal prison stint, he also reportedly racked up 13 various arrests prior to his convictions in 2003.

Things could have gone far worse for the deputy who was shot. We at Law Enforcement Today are glad to hear that he wasn’t seriously injured during this attempted traffic stop gone terribly awry.

Last month in Louisiana, we reported on a stand-off with an armed suspect which resulted in an officer being shot. Thankfully, in that instance, the officer managed to survive the encounter as well. 

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Police officials in Louisiana say that an officer was shot on April 6th and is was hospitalized as a result. From what officials say, the suspected shooter, who is in custody, is a 65-year-old man.

Officers arrested 65-year-old William C. Torrans minutes shy from 4:00 p.m. on April 6th after the armed suspect reportedly fired at police officers, who had been responding to a shots fired called. According to police, the entire standoff with Torrans all stemmed from his frustration with noisy groundskeepers at his apartment complex.

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William Torrans – Shreveport Police Department

The original call came in at around 11:40 a.m. on April 6th, when officers were alerted of a man shooting at individuals performing lawn maintenance at the Residences of SpringRidge apartments in Shreveport.

Torrans had allegedly became frustrated as workers were mowing the grass and edging, and started to shoot toward the workers performing the maintenance.

When police arrived on the scene, the suspect’s aggression turned to the first responders. 

While gunfire was aimed toward responding officers on the scene, police Cpl. Angie Willhite stated that one officer was struck in the fray:

“He was struck in the chest area. He was wearing his vest. It actually traveled into his body very close to his vest.”

Reports state that the officer is expected to fully recover. Cpl. Marcus Hines described the injured officer as a veteran with the department, with recent reports identifying the officer shot as Cpl. Robert Brice.

Torrans is now facing charges of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated assault with a firearm.

The latest updates on Cpl. Brice stated that his injuries were only minor, despite being shot. He has since been released from the hospital  and is on the mend.

Now that is one tough police officer. 

We at Law Enforcement Today would like to wish Cpl. Brice a speedy recovery and are thankful matters didn’t turn out worse for all involved. 

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