Louisiana State Police authorities released dash cam video and police body cam footage of the Nov. 6 attempted arrest of 45-year-old Derrick Kittling that resulted in Kittling’s death.
The video shows Kittling of Alexandria, LA, engaged in a fight with the Rapides Township’s Deputy Sheriff during a traffic stop. During the physical alteration, Kittling was able to wrestle the deputy’s taser away from him, Lt. Melissa Matey.
“As the physical fighting ensued, the deputy discharged his service revolver and hit Kittling,” Matey said. “Kittling was taken to a local hospital for treatment but eventually succumbed to his injuries,” Matey said.
Louisiana State Police Colonel Lamar Davis reported that the state police are conducting a thorough investigation that will be fair and impartial.
“We will not take any shortcuts, we will turn every stone we can to ensure we get the facts of this investigation,” Davis said.
According to Davis, Kittling was pulled over for a window tint violation as well as a modified exhaust system in a residential area.
“And I really don’t want to comment because this is difficult and my heart is with the family, and to be honest it’s not my job to comment,” Davis said.
The following is a statement from Sheriff Mark Wood regarding the release of the Louisiana State Police Critical Incident Community Briefing.
My responsibility as Sheriff is to be transparent and accountable to the citizens of Rapides Parish, as well as to our deputies. I support the release of these videos to ensure the public gets a transparent and unbiased account of what happened.
Today’s release of videos of the incident provides some context of what happened.
Any time there is a serious injury or death, it is a tragedy and the families on both sides are forever affected.
I would like to offer my condolences to the Kittling family and ask for healing prayers for our community and all involved.
I want to thank the community for their patience in allowing the Louisiana State Police to conduct a thorough and impartial investigation.
And finally, I would like to thank Colonel Lamar Davis and all investigators and soldiers involved in this investigation for their integrity and professionalism during this very difficult time.
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