Dispatch records of officer-involved shooting released

CORRECTION: On our 6pm newscast on Saturday, February 20, we reported that LCPD Officer Fontenot was advised to "slow it down," after shots were reportedly fired at a male subject at a Lake Charles crime scene. However, Fontenot was actually telling responding officers, who were enroute to the scene, to "slow it down."

by Brandon Richards bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA ( KPLC-TV) - KPLC has obtained the police dispatch records of the night of February 9th, when a Lake Charles man, Warren Lawrence, 29, was fatally shot by Lake Charles Police.

According to dispatch records, a woman called police at 6:34 p.m. and asked them to check on her home. The woman, who was out of town, told the operator that one of her neighbors had notified her that one of her doors to her house was open.

At 6:43 p.m., Officer D. Cook is the first officer to arrive on the scene. At 6:47 p.m., Cook responds and reports the situation as under control.

Twenty-six minutes pass before Officer Dustin Fontenot arrives on the scene. In less than a minute after Fontenot's arrival, Acadian Ambulance is notified and Fontenot advises responding officers, who are on their way to the scene, to "slow it down."

At 7:15 p.m., Cook reports shots fired.

At 7:16 p.m., Cook tells another officer that a black male subject entered through the back and advised the officer to rope off the back entrance.

Chief Don Dixon and detectives are called at 7:19 p.m. A short time later, Dixon orders all LCPD officers away from the crime scene and calls the Louisiana State Police in to investigate, since a Lake Charles officer was involved in the shooting.

According to authorities, Dustin Fontenot is the officer who fired his weapon at Lawrence. Fontenot was placed on routine administrative leave while the police department conducted an internal investigation into why he fired his firearm. Fontenot has since been reinstated.

Questions still remain, including what Lawrence was doing at the residence and whether or not Lawrence fired his weapon at police.

State police are still investigating the incident.

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