Joseph Taylor (2023)
On April 23, 2023, Shreveport Louisiana Police Department Officer Anthony Visciotti stopped Taylor for improper lane usage. Taylor refused to exit the vehicle, claiming that Visciotti needed probable cause. Visciotti explained that he had the legal authority and did not need probable cause (see Legal Reference). Officer Terri Simmons opened the driver's door, and she and Sergeant Daniel Denby attempted to remove Taylor from the vehicle. An object was seen in Taylor's hand. Taylor and the officers struggled. Visciotti attempted to use a Taser, which was not effective. As the struggle continued, officers realized that Taylor was armed. When Taylor attempted to get up from the ground, the officers backed away, and Visciotti shot him. Taylor died at the hospital.
The state police opened an investigation.
The officers were placed on paid administrative leave.
The department cleared the officers of any wrong-doing.
On October 26, 2023, the officers returned to work.
- Shreveport Police Department Officer Involved Shooting Critical Incident Briefing -LSP Investigation, LA State Police, 2023-05-10
- SPD officers named in Joseph Taylor officer-involved shooting, KSLA, 2023-04-27
- Curtis Heyen, Man shot and killed by police during traffic stop on Mansfield Rd. identified by coroner, KSLA, 2023-04-23
- 1 of 3 SPD officers involved in Taylor shooting has shot a man before but was cleared of wrongdoing, KTBS, 2023-04-28
- SPD officers involved in fatal OIS back at work, KTBS, 2023-10-26