'We did not feel that Mr. Flanagan’s life was in danger,' Zachary police chief says; new charge filed

Willow Creek Drive off Old Scenic Highway (Source: WAFB)
Willow Creek Drive off Old Scenic Highway (Source: WAFB)
Terry Flanagan (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)
Terry Flanagan (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)

ZACHARY, LA (WAFB) - The Zachary Police Department held a news conference Wednesday morning to provide additional information about a shooting that left a teen dead.

Investigators say Chadrick Spurlock, 15, was shot and killed Saturday, October 21 as he jumped out of a window after allegedly burglarizing the home of Terry Flanagan on Willow Creek Drive in Zachary.

Zachary Police Chief David McDavid says the teens reportedly burglarized the home twice. He added after dragging the body of the teen from one yard to the other, Flanagan started shooting at the other two suspected burglars.

"During this investigation, we did not feel that Mr. Flanagan's life was in danger," McDavid explained. "We felt he could have called the police department and we would have taken care of the situation and he would not be facing the charges he has now."

The teens, Melvin Brooks and Dwightess Thomas, were arrested and charged with the burglary of Flanagan's home.

During the press conference, police said after Brooks and Thomas were arrested, they admitted their involvement in a string of car burglaries in the area. Thomas is also allegedly connected to a drive-by shooting earlier this year.

Authorities say they want the community to know they're fighting back against accused criminals who are getting more active. "We're not going to tolerate these continuous violent crimes here in Zachary. We're going to be proactive and we're going to stop it," said McDavid.

McDavid adds Flanagan was also involved in thefts at Walmart back in September. He is accused of stealing two 37" flat screen TVs.

McDavid says Flanagan and the burglary suspects knew each other, but it's unclear if they had been working together on these separate crimes. "We might have further details. I know detectives are waiting on some more information, but there's an indication that they knew what he was doing and there's a possible indication that they were involved also."

Flanagan was initially charged with second degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison and is awaiting a hearing before the parole board. His bond on those charges is $260,000.

McDavid says an additional theft charge has been filed against Flanagan. His bond for that charge is $5,000.

"We are not going to tolerate the continuous violent crimes here in Zachary. It's got to stop," McDavid adamantly stated.

"Last six or seven months, we've had four homicides, which is uncommon. We typically have about one every five or six years. We have a lot of new people in the area. We're asking people to lock your doors and if you see something, say something," McDavid added.


Flanagan is a convicted felon who was out on parole. According to federal law, he should not have a gun.

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Parole supervisors with the Louisiana Department of Corrections say Flanagan was doing exactly what he was supposed to be doing when three teens allegedly broke into his house this past weekend. The DOC says he had a job that he walked to every day from his apartment and he was making good on the conditions of his parole.

Longtime criminal defense attorney, Lewis Unglesby, says if it were not for his felony convictions, Flanagan would have had every right to defend himself and his property.

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