Corporal J. R. Searcy Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office Louisiana

Photograph: Corporal J. R. Searcy Patch image: Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

Corporal J. R. Searcy
Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office

End of Watch: Saturday, March 6, 2010

Biographical Info
Age: 33
Tour of Duty: 8 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Thursday, March 4, 2010
Weapon Used: Handgun
Suspect Info: Shot and killed

Corporal J.R. Searcy died fro a gunshot wound he received two days earlier after responding to an assault call.
He and another deputy responded to a call of an aggravated assault on Browning Road, near Louisiana 34, in West Monroe. It was reported that a suspect had tried to run people over with his vehicle. When the deputies arrived, they confronted the suspect standing outside of his vehicle. Corporal Searcy had his Taser in his hand, and ordered the suspect to put his hands up.
As the suspect raised his hands, he suddenly pulled a handgun that he had concealed in the small of his back, and opened fire, striking Corporal Searcy twice. The second deputy returned fire, killing the suspect.
Corporal Searcy was taken to St. Francis Medical Center where he died from his injuries two days later.
Corporal Searcy had served with the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office for eight years. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Agency Contact Information
Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office
PO Box 1803
Monroe, LA 71210
Phone: (318) 329-1200
Please contact the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.

MONROE, La. (AP) – Authorities say Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Deputy J.R. Searcy has died of injuries from a shooting Thursday that also claimed the life of a suspect.

Searcy was in critical condition for two days at St. Francis Medical Center after being shot while on an aggravated assault call.

Authorities say Michael Tanner was suspected of trying to run over people with a vehicle when Searcy accompanied another deputy to the scene.

Searcy, with a stun gun in his hand, ordered Tanner to put his hands behind his head.

Tanner allegedly pulled a handgun and fired.

The bullet went in through the armhole of Searcy’s bulletproof vest, and ricocheted through the top of his spinal cord.

Tanner was shot and killed by the other deputy.

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