LaPlace man killed in Jefferson Parish shooting

Published 7:21 am Thursday, November 25, 2021

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UPDATE –  On November 23, 2021, the subject who died in the incident has been identified as 52-year-old Jabari Farafiai Asante-Chioke of Laplace, LA. The incident remains under investigation and additional details will be released as they become available.

 Metairie – On November 21, 2021, Louisiana State Police began investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred on Airline Highway near Causeway Boulevard. The incident involved personnel from Louisiana State Police Troop B and the East Jefferson Levee District Police Department.

Shortly before 10:00 pm, multiple law enforcement agencies were assisting with traffic control at the intersection of Airline Highway and Severn Avenue due to traffic signal repair operations.  As personnel assisted with traffic control at the intersection, several concerned motorists stopped and advised a Trooper that a subject was walking with a firearm on Airline Highway near Causeway Boulevard. Officers responded to the area and observed the black male subject carrying a firearm in one hand and a knife in the other hand. When officers attempted to make contact with the subject, he fled on foot and a pursuit ensued. During the pursuit, law enforcement personnel gave repeated verbal commands to drop the weapons and discharged a taser which proved ineffective. As the subject continued to ignore verbal commands, he turned to face officers and pointed the firearm in their direction. A Trooper and two East Jefferson Levee District Officers discharged their service weapons, striking the subject. The subject died on the scene.

At this time, Troopers are still working to identify the deceased subject. No Troopers or officers were injured in the incident. Louisiana State Police Crime Lab processed the scene for evidence. The investigation remains ongoing and further information will be released as it becomes available.

If anyone was in the area of the officer involved shooting and has additional information or video, please reach out to LSP Bureau of Investigations at (504) 310-7062.