Police chase captured on video moments before shooting

HOUMA, LA (WVUE) - Officers shoot and kill a suspect after they say he led them on a chase and then pulled a weapon Monday afternoon.

The chase through a busy Houma neighborhood was caught on cell phone video by Branden Rhodes. The video shows the suspect's SUV go by first, followed by dozens of police cars.

"It looked like everyone in Terrebonne Parish. It was a lot of vehicles," Rhodes said.

Louisiana State Police say a theft suspect led troopers, Houma Police and Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's deputies on the chase. They put out a spike strip and were able to stop the suspect's car on Woodlawn Ranch Road. But they say he then got out of his vehicle and pointed a gun at them.

"At which point in time the officers opened fire and fatally wounded that suspect," Louisiana State Police Trooper Evan Harrell said, "It is going to be multiple officers as far as the number, it is still going to be under investigation at this time. Louisiana State Police is taking the lead for the officer-involved shooting for all three agencies."

The shooting happened in broad daylight right outside Trudy Luke's home while her nieces were playing outside.

"It's just scary being that the babies were outside riding their toys. It's just scary," Luke said.

Both Luke and Rhodes are just glad no one else was hurt.

"It was just amazing to see. We don't see stuff like that around here," Rhodes said.

State Police say they know who the suspect is, but they haven't released his name yet. Investigators say he was alone at the time, and no one else was hurt.

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