The Louisiana State Police is releasing more information today about a shooting incident that happened yesterday (5/18/2021) in New Iberia involving a police officer.

New Iberia Police requested that State Police investigate the situation.

A call came in Tuesday afternoon around 1 pm reporting that there was someone in a stopped car right near the intersection of Center and Dale Streets.

When the first officer arrived on the scene to investigate the report he saw a man asleep behind the wheel of the car. The officer knocked on the window and eventually, the driver woke up.

At the same time, another officer pulled up and parked his car in front of the individual's vehicle. Both officers told the man he needed to turn off the car and get out, but that did not happen. What happened was that police were then led on a chase as the man took off in his car.

The officers' pursuit of this man was brief, and he was stopped near the intersection of Center Street and Weeks Island Road. The driver got out of his car and ran from the police but was subsequently caught.

According to the press release from State Police, "The subject sustained a small abrasion on the back of the neck but refused medical treatment at the scene.

The investigation is ongoing according to State Police Spokesman Derek Senegal.

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