City defers public records request on Landry shooting to state police, state police say they are processing request

City defers public records request on Landry shooting to state police, state police say they are processing request
Juston Joseph Landry, 26, was killed in an officer-involved shooting on Jan. 11, 2019 in Lake Charles.

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - KPLC has filed a public records request with the City of Lake Charles and Louisiana State Police for information about the officer-involved shooting of Juston Joseph Landry, including the police report, the name of the officer involved, the officer’s law enforcement history and dashcam and bodycam video of the incident.

Landry was killed on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. Officials with Lake Charles police say an officer was responding to a complaint of a person threatening another with a gun at the RaceWay gas station on Martin Luther King Hwy. Police located Landry about a block away from the RaceWay, near the intersection of Martin Luther King and Pineview Street. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Lake Charles Police Chief Shawn Caldwell, on his first day on the job, responded to KPLC's request Wednesday, saying that requests for information should be sent to state police.

State police, investigating the shooting at the request of Lake Charles police, says they are processing the public records request.

“The City of Lake Charles and the Lake Charles Police Department will continue to fully cooperate with State investigators to provide any information requested to complete a thorough and accurate investigation,” Caldwell said. “We understand the community’s desire for expedience in concluding the investigation. Transparency and accountability are of the utmost importance to all involved and our community as a whole. We appreciate the community’s patience as the State’s investigation is conducted.

“Please continue to pray for the family of Mr. Landry and the officer as the State continues to investigate this tragic incident.”

KPLC also filed a request for 911 calls from the incident, but Calcasieu Parish 911 said the information is not releasable as public record because it is part of an ongoing criminal investigation.

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