Woman shot by city police officer in Louisiana, state police say

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KENTWOOD, La. — A shooting in which a police officer wounded a woman is being investigated, Louisiana authorities said Wednesday.

Louisiana State Trooper Dustin Dwight said a Kentwood Police Department officer shot a woman Tuesday night on state Highway 38. He said the woman suffered injuries that were not life threatening.

Police Chief Michael Kazerooni said the officer, whose name has not been released, was put on paid administrative leave Wednesday. The leave was in keeping with department policy, he said.

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Kazerooni would not provide any details about the shooting. He referred questions to Louisiana State Police, which he asked to investigate the case.

“As soon as I do get their results and review them, I will make a statement,” he said.

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Dwight said the officer was conducting a criminal investigation and stopped the vehicle about 11:45 p.m. He fired at the vehicle’s tires when the driver tried to flee, Dwight said.

Once troopers complete the inquiry, the findings will be given to the Tangipahoa Parish district attorney’s office, Dwight said.

Kentwood is in Tangipahoa Parish on Interstate 55 just south of the Mississippi state line.

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