LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Authorities have released the name of the man who died in an officer-involved shooting involving the Lake Charles Police Department on 13th Street Wednesday night.
Winston Joseph Latour III, 37, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Louisiana State Police Trooper Derek Senegal.
Lake Charles Police officials have asked State Police to investigate the shooting.
Senegal said Lake Charles officers responded to an alleged carjacking around 8:30 p.m. near the intersection of Shattuck Street and O’Brien Street in. When officers located the vehicle, a pursuit ensued.
The chase ended near the corner of Bank and 13th streets when the suspect crashed into a house, Senegal said.
Neighbors witnessed the crash.
“I looked out the window and I saw cops everywhere and a man had crashed into their house,” said witness Celeste Davis.
Ella Thomas witnessed the entire scene unfold in front of her home.
“I heard this utility pole crash and I made it to the door and I saw this car leave the street and went into the house and the police was right behind him, and there was gunfire,” Thomas said. ”I don’t know how the shooting started but I did see shooting. It was hitting the pavement like sparkling from the pavement, and that’s when I saw police go into the house.”
A preliminary investigation by State Police showed that the suspect was in possession of a firearm and that officers shot the suspect.
No officers were injured during the incident.
The Louisiana State Police’s investigation into the officer-involved shooting is ongoing and more information will be made available as it is released.