BRPD identifies officer who shot suspected drunk driver during traffic stop

Suspect shot by officer expected to survive

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Baton Rouge Police Department has released the name of the officer who shot a suspected drunk driver who authorities said resisted arrest and threatened the officer's life during a traffic stop.

Cpl. Don Coppola said Matthew Jackson, a five-year veteran of the department shot Derek Davis, 27, early Sunday morning. Jackson is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. Coppola added Davis was shot multiple times, but is expected to survive.

The shooting happened on Morning Glory Avenue around 1 a.m. According to reports, Davis was pulled over for a traffic violation and arrested for DWI. Investigators said the suspect resisted arrest and a fight started between him and Jackson.

Authorities said Davis tried to take Jackson's gun "while also threatening his life." They added "fearing for his life," Jackson was able to draw his weapon and shot Davis multiple times.

When he is released from the hospital, Davis will be charged in the incident. He will also face fugitive charges of simple burglary from Livingston Parish.

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