LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - A Lake Charles man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison following an altercation with a Calcasieu Sheriff’s Office deputy in May of 2018.
Donovan Christian Lawrence, 27, pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated assault with a firearm, disarming of a police officer, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Judge Sharon Wilson sentenced him to the maximum sentence of 20 years.
At approximately 7 p.m. on May 18, Lawrence was arrested by a CPSO deputy for trespassing at a convenience store on La. 14 in Lake Charles, according to information released at the time by Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Kim Myers.
While the deputy was searching Lawrence’s property, he located synthetic marijuana. Lawrence began to physically resist the deputy’s verbal commands and ran from the deputy. Lawrence committed a battery on the deputy, gaining control of him after a brief foot chase.
The deputy was forced to use his taser in an attempt to gain control of Lawrence, but Lawrence disarmed the deputy, according to Myers. The deputy ordered Lawrence to drop the taser before he charged at the deputy with the taser actively cycling. This forced the deputy to pull his duty weapon and fire a round at Lawrence.
The shot did not strike Lawrence and he continued to fight the deputy before gaining control of the firearm by biting the deputy. Lawrence allegedly pointed the firearm at the deputy while threatening to kill him if he came any closer.
Lawrence began running with the CPSO duty weapon as the deputy attempted to recover from the battery. Lawrence was seen attempting to dispose of the firearm by additional responding deputies and taken into custody.
During sentencing the victim gave an emotional statement “I never thought I would see the barrel of my own pistol pointed at me,” he said tearfully. According to the District Attorney’s Office, several deputies showed up to the sentencing.