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Suspect in hospital, officer on leave after early morning shooting


A Shreveport man who was allegedly firing into a crowd of people early Saturday morning was shot by a police officer.

It happened just before 3:00 a.m. at a business in the 5200 block of Monkhouse Drive.

A patrol officer was checking on a business at that address when he heard several shots being fired.  As he started investigating, the officer saw a man firing shots from a rifle at a crowd of people gathered on a parking lot, police spokesman Marcus Hines said.

The uniformed officer approached the suspect and ordered him to drop the weapon.  He refused and continued firing.  The officer then fired shots at the armed man who fled the scene in a vehicle.

A few minutes later, authorities received a 911 call about a man in a car at Hearne Avenue and Midway who had been shot.  Investigators found Ronald Hill, 26, of Shreveport, suffering from several gunshot wounds.  Hill was taken by ambulance to University Health with what were described as serious injuries.  He is expected to recover.

Investigators believe Hill was shooting a rifle at the crowd on Monkhouse Drive when he was confronted by the officer.  Hill was charged with one count of illegal use of a weapon and could face additional charges.  At least three weapons in connection with this shooting, including the rifle they believe Hill was firing, have been recovered, police said.

Around 2:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon, police were called to Willis-Knighton Hospital on Greenwood Road about a man who arrived at the emergency room receiving treatment for wounds he allegedly received on Monkhouse Drive.  The victim had shrapnel wounds to his lower body that police feel happened as a result of Hill firing his rifle, police said.

The patrol officer who shot Hill was not hurt and has been placed on routine administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

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