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Man killed by deputies in I-10 chase shot 18 times

Lucien Rolland  Courtesy:  St. Tammany Sheriff's Office Lucien Rolland Courtesy: St. Tammany Sheriff's Office

New details are being released in a deadly interstate shooting where police fatally shot early Saturday morning near Slidell.  Doctors at the St. Tammany Parish Coroner's Office say 46 year old Lucien Rolland was shot a total of 18 times.  The injuries were to his chest, abdomen, pelvis and extremities.

According to Dr. Charles Preston, the parish coroner, the extent of Rolland's internal injuries makes it impossible to determine which shot was fatal,  Several different calibers of bullets were recovered.

Detectives with the St. Tammany Sheriff's Office interviewed the passenger who was traveling in the car with 46 year old Lucien Rolland just before he was shot and killed following a police chase on I-10 through several parishes.  The passenger, who isn't being identified, told investigators on Monday that Roland began shooting at a sheriff's deputy that was attempting to stop the car on Pontchartrain Boulevard.  The passenger reportedly says that as the high speed chase was underway, he demanded Rolland let him out of the car before it entered the Highway 11 bridge. Deputies later caught up with the passenger in the Irish Bayou area Saturday afternoon and has reportedly been cooperating with investigators.  

In a press released issued Monday afternoon, the six St. Tammany Parish deputies involved in the shooting were provided with paid time away from work following the incident, which the office says is standard practice in an officer-involved shooting.  

The passenger has not been booked with any offenses as a result of the investigation, and continues to cooperate with our detectives.

The incident started at approximately 2:30 a.m. when a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office deputy attempted to stop a white pick-up truck on Pontchartrain Drive near Slidell. According to Sheriff Jack Strain, the driver refused to stop and led officers on a chase through Orleans and St. Tammany Parishes. State Police and officers with the Slidell Police Department joined the pursuit as it developed.

The driver shot at police multiple times during the chase, but never hit an officer.

State troopers deployed a spike strip near I-10 Eastbound's Gause Boulevard exit that disabled the truck and brought an end to the chase.

The driver then got out of the vehicle holding a semi-automatic handgun. After the 46-year-old driver continued to threaten the surrounding officers, police opened fire on the suspect. He died on the scene. No law enforcement agents were injured.

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