Names of the LC police officers involved in shooting are released

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The names of the three Lake Charles Police officers involved in the February 9th shooting of alleged burglary suspect, Warren Lawrence have been released.

Sergeant Mark Kraus of the Lake Charles Police Department confirms that Cpls. Dustin Fontenot, Lamar Cook and Officer Shawna Broussard were all dispatched to a home on Elms Street to investigate what they believed to be a burglary in progress.

"The internal investigation and the shooting review board both, independently, confirmed that the officer that was involved in the shooting acted according to policy," said Sgt. Mark Kraus.

According to Sgt. Kraus, a gun was found at the scene. He also says all of the officers involved in the shooting have been in good standing with the department since their hire dates. Kraus say the Lake Charles Police Department stands behind the officers decision to shoot.

But, why would Warren Lawrence walk up behind police while carrying a weapon? His family still struggles with this question.

"Now why did he go over there? To answer that question, only the good Lord knows, because that one, I cannot answer," said Dora Lawrence.

"He was not known to carry a weapon. Like I said, Warren was not a violent person," said Yosha Lawrence.

The investigating continues as there are still more questions than answers.

Fontenot was put on paid leave while the department's shooting review committee conducted an internal review. He has since been reinstated.

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