DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) - Investigators with the Denham Springs Police Department and deputies with the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office are investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened around 3:30 p.m. Monday between Hooters and Longhorn Steak House, just south of I-12 at Range.
Investigators say the tragic chain of events began Sunday night when State Police pulled over 47-year-old Robert Kohl from Fort Worth. Texas authorities wanted to check-up on him, they say Kohl had been driving his truck too long.
Kohl came to the truck stop on Range Avenue to rest, but Monday morning, police say his mentality turned destructive.
"The mother advised that she had been on the phone with her son for quite some time, he was just upset, acting suicidal," said Det. Glenn Lemoine with the Denham Springs Police Dept.
When police showed up to check on him, they were forced to take cover behind a wall. They say Kohl was waving around a handgun, standing in the grass just ahead of them.
Det. Lemoine says Kohl was pacing in the median between Hooters and Longhorn Steak House when the officers approached him.
They say they asked Kohl to show his hands. When he finally he did, they say he pointed the gun at police.
"The subject then fully extended his arm and pointed that weapon at one of our police officers at which point he was then shot," said Det. Lemoine.
Lemoine says Kohl was hit in the stomach one time from a shotgun blast. He says the officer who shot Kohl is a five year veteran of Denham Springs PD and the standoff lasted 15 or 20 minutes.
Because of the events that led to the shooting, investigators are looking into the possibility that he intentionally pointed a weapon at police hoping to be shot.
Kohl later died at a hospital.
"I saw, I guess a deranged gentleman start waving a gun up behind his head. Two cops were kind of kneeled down behind a brick wall and once he brought the gun to this point, (he demonstrates the man pulling the gun up) I just heard the shot but I didn't see which way it came from. That's when he dropped," said one witness Eric Tegram.
Another witness, Jon Frederick, said the officer who fired the shot used a shotgun.
Matthew Cook says he was driving to Bass Pro and witnessed the shooting. He said the man who was shot was possibly in his 50s with shoulder length white or grey hair.
"The guy eventually came out from the side, pulled (the gun) right, pulled (the gun) left, one shot went off, they dropped him," said Cook.
Denham Spring Police asked the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office to investigate the shooting because it involved a Denham Springs Police Officer.