Shreveport, LA – The Shreveport police officer who fatally shot 43-year-old Alonzo Bagley has been under investigation three times, and suspended twice, in his 21-month law enforcement career.
Shreveport Police Officer Alexander Tyler, 23, fatally shot Bagley, who was unarmed, during a foot chase after he and another officer responded to a domestic disturbance call.
Bodycam video of the incident showed Bagley fled police by jumping off a balcony and Officer Tyler was pursing him on foot when the suspect stepped out and startled the officer.
Officer Tyler shot Bagley in the chest and the suspect died of his wounds.
The officer was placed on paid administrative leave and later, charged with negligent homicide for killing Bagley.
If convicted, the officer who joined the Shreveport Police Department in May of 2021 could face up to five years in prison.
Bagley’s family have filed a $10 million lawsuit against Officer Tyler.
KSLA reported that Officer Tyler has been under investigation by the Shreveport Police Department’s (SPD) Internal Affairs Unit three time in the less-than two years he has been a member of the police force.
The officer was cleared of wrongdoing in one investigation, but found to be in violation of department policy in the other two, according to his personnel file.
In one of those incidents, Officer Tyler exceeded 130 mph several times in a pursuit of a vehicle with a modified muffler, KSLA reported.
The officer was found to have violated department policy because the suspect vehicle wasn’t considered a present danger to human life necessitating a high-speed, dangerous pursuit.
In another incident, Officer Tyler was going 63 mph in a 35 mph speed zone when he crashed into an SUV, injuring two of the passengers and bloodying his own face, KSLA reported.
Internal Affairs investigated and determined that Officer Tyler had violated the department’s policy of professionalism by speeding.
As a result, in December of 2022, the young officer was placed on administrative leave and later suspended for 15 days without pay, KSLA reported.
There is one more investigation pending in Officer Tyler’s file, but details of that incident were not available.
SPD said the investigation was ongoing and that there was potential for criminal litigation in connection with that case, KSLA reported.
The incident that led to Bagley’s death occurred at about 10:50 p.m. on Feb. 3 when police responded to a domestic incident in an apartment in the Villa Norte Apartment Complex in the 1600-block of Fullerton Street in Shreveport, the Shreveport Times reported.
A woman who identified herself as Bagley’s wife told the 911 operator that her husband was “loaded on something” and had threatened her and her daughter, NPR reported.
Officer Tyler and another officer responded to the domestic disturbance call and when they knocked on the door, Bagley opened it holding a bottle of liquor in one hand.
Bagley told officers he needed to put his dog away and the officer told him to let his wife do it, bodycam video showed.
But Bagley ignored the officers, turned his back to them, and headed for a bedroom in the back of the apartment.
At least one of the officers followed the suspect and bodycam video showed Bagley quickly exited the bedroom onto a balcony and then fled over the railing to the ground.
Then the suspect fled on foot as officers raced down the building’s staircase to catch up with him, the video showed.
“Where is he? Where is he?” Officer Tyler asked bystanders he passed, and they pointed him in the right direction.
Bodycam video showed Officer Tyler running behind a building looking for the suspect and then suddenly coming fact to face with Bagley, who was standing in an entryway around the corner of a wall.
The video showed the officer had his weapon in his hand as he ran and it appeared that he was startled when he suddenly encountered the suspect.
Officer Tyler fired one shot at the suspect, shooting Bagley in the chest, the Shreveport Times reported.
“Oh God, you shot me,” Bagley said in the video as he slumped to the ground.
The officer looked shocked at having shot the suspect and said “oh God,” the video showed.
Bodycam video showed Officer Tyler’s immediately requested an ambulance be sent to the scene and knelt down to begin performing emergency First Aid on the suspect.
Both of the officers appeared frantic and the officer performing CPR told Officer Tyler to go wave down the ambulance as he became more hysterical.
Bagley was transported to Ochsner LSU Health and where he was pronounced dead at about 11:30 p.m., the Shreveport Times reported.
Louisiana State Police (LSP) released bodycam video of the officer-involved shooting on Feb. 16 and announced charges against the officer, NPR reported.