Breaux Bridge police officer shoots, kills girl

A Breaux Bridge police officer shot and killed a 17-year-old girl who had driven into a police car Sunday night, according to State Police.

Police were responding to a disturbance on Landry Street about 7:40 p.m. when a 2005 Toyota Corolla driven by Darnesha Harris, 17, of Breaux Bridge, struck the front of a police car, State Police said.

Harris then put the car in reverse and struck a parked car on the road before driving forward again through a ditch, striking a bystander and another parked car, State Police said.

The bystander suffered moderate injuries and was treated and released from a local hospital, according to State Police.

It is unclear at this point whether Harris’ car was still moving when the officer fired, State Police spokesman Trooper Stephen Hammons said.

“Right now, we are still putting together the timeline of events,” he said.

The officer fired more than one shot, but investigators were still unsure of the exact number Monday afternoon, Hammons said.

He said investigators also have not determined whether Harris was involved in the initial disturbance that police were responding to Sunday evening.

“That’s something we are looking into in our investigation,” Hammons said.

State Police did not identify the officer involved in the shooting.

Breaux Bridge Police Chief P.J. Hebert and Breaux Bridge Mayor Jack Delhomme did not return messages left at their offices Monday for comment on the incident or whether the officer has been placed on leave pending the investigation.

Breaux Bridge City Councilman Howard Alexander said he has heard “all kinds of stories” about what happened Sunday night but said he would withhold comment until he sees the State Police report on the shooting.

Alexander, who has law enforcement experience, said he does not expect State Police to “sugar coat” the officer-involved shooting.

“I’m asking the community to be calm and wait for the report,” he said.

State Police will forward their findings to the 16th Judicial District Attorney’s Office for review, which is standard practice in police shootings, Hammons said.