State Police Investigating Deputy-Involved Shooting

A Jonesboro man died Wednesday during a confrontation with Jackson Parish deputies.

A press release from Louisiana State Police reported deputies with the Jackson Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a disturbance at the Forest Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Jonesboro.

As deputies approached the facility, they observed the suspect driving away from the scene. Deputies attempted to stop Abe Banks, 53, but he refused to stop, and a vehicle pursuit ensued. The pursuit continued south on U.S. Highway 167 into Winn Parish. During the pursuit, Banks’ vehicle had a mechanical failure and stopped in the roadway near Dodson.

As deputies approached the vehicle, Banks did not comply with the deputies’ commands. During the incident, shots were fired, and Banks was struck. Banks sustained severe injuries and was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries. No one else was injured during the incident.

According to the release, the Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office requested the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations investigate a deputy-involved shooting.

Using an outside agency to investigate officer-involved shootings is standard procedure for most law enforcement agencies.

The Louisiana State Police is serving as the lead investigative agency. The case is an active investigation and further information will be released by state police when it becomes available.

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