GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities in Louisiana say police officers were justified in shooting and killing a Michigan parole absconder last month.
Larry Jerrils, 58, of Walker was died in Bossier City, La. on the evening of June 12 after robbing a Payless ShoeSource.
When Bossier City officers responding to a silent alarm arrived on the scene of the robbery just before 8 p.m., according to a Thursday release, they used a hand gesture to ask the clerk if she was OK. She shook her head, indicating she was not.
Officers entered the store and confronted Jerrils. They ordered him to show his hands, but he refused. He then placed his hand inside the front of his jacket, which made the officers believe he was armed.
Jerrils then ran out of the store and the officers followed. Outside, one of the officers grabbed Jerrils. At that point, authorities say, Jerrils pulled a handgun from his waistband.
Both officers opened fire. Multiple shots were fired. Jerrils was pronounced dead at the scene.
The gun he pulled from his waistband was later found to be a “toy gun,” authorities said.
Authorities say Jerrils had displayed the toy gun while robbing the shoe store and that he was given cash. That money was recovered at the scene of the shooting.
Authorities from the Bossier City Police Department and Bossier Parish District Attorney’s Office found the officers were justified in shooting Jerrils.
The officers, who had been placed on paid administrative leave while the shooting was under investigation, per department protocol, have returned to the job.
On parole since September 2012, Jerrils had cut off his electronic tether on June 5, according to the Michigan Department of Corrections.