UPDATED: 3:45 p.m. ET, Feb 16, 2023
A Shreveport police officer was arrested Thursday for the shooting death of an unarmed Black man in Louisiana.
Officer Alexander Tyler was arrested on a charge of negligent homicide in the shooting death of 43-year-old Alonzo Bagley.
Tyler’s bond was set at $25,000.
According to CNN, during Tyler’s first appearance in court, Louisiana State Police investigators told the judge that footage from the officer’s bodycam proves Bagley’s hands were up when he was shot.
Bagley was killed Feb. 3 after officers to an alleged domestic disturbance call, but a spokesperson for the family told KSLA, that the incident started when a neighbor called the police because the music was too loud in Bagley’s apartment.
A video of the shooting was shown to the family on Thursday and Bagley’s Brother, Xavier Sudds told CNN that his brother “was not threatening in any kind of way.”
According to authorities, Alonzo Bagley, 43, was shot in the chest by Shreveport officer Alexander Tyler, after police responded to an alleged domestic disturbance call.
After receiving the complaint, officer Tyler and his partner arrived at Villa Norte Apartment Complex around 11 p.m. to investigate the call. When the officers encountered Bagley, he allegedly jumped from a balcony, trying to escape on foot.
Authorities then say that’s when officer Tyler saw Bagley round the corner of a building. Tyler then fired one shot, hitting the unarmed Black man in the chest. Bagley was given CPR and then taken to a hospital where he later died.
Louisiana State Police Superintendent Col. Lamar Davis told the public during a recent press conference that the incident was recorded on police body camera, and will be made public, though his timetable for the release was vague. Davis has asked the public to “remain patient as we continue to conduct a very thorough investigation.”
A spokesperson for the family told KSLA, that the incident started when a neighbor called the police because the music was too loud in Bagley’s apartment. He went on to say that Bagley and his wife were both inside the apartment when police came and at some point, Bagley did run from the police before he was shot.
The family has also hired attorney Ron Haley, whose clients include the family of Ronald Greene, a Black motorist killed in 2019 by Louisiana state police.
“Our office will walk through this process with the Bagley family, to ensure transparency and accountability,” Haley’s firm said in a statement posted on Facebook.
Officer Alexander Tyler, who was hired by SPD in May of 2021, has been placed on administrative leave pending an ongoing investigation.
According to WBRZ, the FBI and the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division have been contacted about the shooting.
Alonzo Bagley’s death comes just a month after Tyre Nichols was brutally beaten and killed by Memphis police after he was pulled over at a traffic stop for “reckless driving.”
His death as well as Bagley’s have sparked a renewed demand for congress to pass comprehensive police reform legislation.
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