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Update: BCPD investigating officer involved shooting

The investigations into Saturday’s officer involved shooting remain ongoing.

The officer involved in the incident, Sgt. Kenneth Johnson, remains on administrative leave per department protocol. Sgt. Johnson has been a member of the BCPD since 1994. An investigation found the weapon that was in the possession of the suspect, Malik Wortham, was loaded.

Wortham remains hospitalized at University Health in Shreveport.

ORIGINAL STORY (Published April 16, 2016)

The Bossier City Police Department is investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred overnight at the intersection of Barksdale Boulevard and Westgate Drive.

The incident happened at approximately 2:30 a.m. Saturday after an officer assigned to the patrol division stopped a Chevrolet Camero occupied by two male subjects.

As the officer approached the car on foot from his patrol vehicle, the passenger, later identified as Malik Wortham, 20, of Springhill, Louisiana pointed a handgun at the officer at which time the officer fired his service weapon with one round striking Wortham. Bossier City Fire Department personnel transported Wortham to University Health where he was listed in critical but stable condition however his wound does not appear to be life threatening. The officer was not injured.

Wortham faces charges of attempted first degree murder and convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

The driver of the car, Nathan Clay Birdwell, 17, of Sarepta, Louisiana was taken into custody and arrested on a charge of marijuana possession after officers located suspected marijuana inside the vehicle.

The officer, whose name is not being release at this time, has been placed on administrative leave pending investigations by the Internal Affairs Division and Criminal Investigations Division, which are standard procedures in officer involved shootings. The investigations remain ongoing.

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