A relative of the Shreveport man who was killed Saturday by Shreveport police says she has more questions than answers after hearing eyewitness statements about the shooting.
Jimmerlynn Glover says police have yet to provide the family details of the events that led to the death of her 22-year-old nephew, Deeric Bailey. However, two witnesses — one of whom has gone public — say Bailey was defenseless as officers opened fire on him along Interstate 20, Glover said.
“The girl who was in the car with him said she remembers one shot being fired during the chase,” Glover said. “Then the witness on the TV, we don’t even know him, said Deeric stopped and the officers then riddled the car with bullets.”
Glover said she called the FBI Monday to look into the case.
“I want to know why did it take that much force for an unarmed man?” she said. “He didn’t have a gun. They do that in Hollywood and the movies, not on the streets of Shreveport. “If his car was riddled with bullets, I want to know how many bullets did his body take?”
The chase early Saturday began when an officer, identified by police as Officer Jennifer Monereau, tried to stop a tan 2000 Lincoln Town Car on a traffic violation near Cotton at Common streets. The driver sped off and eventually was westbound on I-20 just west of the Linwood Avenue exit.
Police say the driver lost control of the vehicle, causing it to strike a concrete barrier alongside the interstate, then ignored further commands to surrender. The driver tried to drive away as officers exited their patrol cars and approached the crashed vehicle on foot. Police say the driver nearly ran down a passenger who had jumped out of the vehicle.
An officer, identified by police as Hai Phan, fired multiple shots, wounding the driver, who eventually drove the car to a stop alongside the top of an embankment beyond the interstate shoulder. The driver was taken to LSU Hospital in Shreveport, where he later was pronounced dead. Monereau was treated at the hospital for minor injuries, glass cuts she suffered when leaving her car while trying to make contact with Bailey.