Ex-Cop Facing Murder Charges Attacks Deputy In Escape Attempt

Sandy Malone

John Hardy overpowered a Bossier Parish sheriff's deputy and pepper-sprayed her while trying to escape on March 13.

Shreveport, LA – A murder suspect, who is a former Bossier City police officer and Bossier Parish sheriff’s deputy, overpowered a deputy during an escape attempt from a hospital.

John Hardy, 43, was arrested on suspicion that he killed his business partner, 48-year-old Garrett Wilson, on Feb. 22, the Bossier Press-Tribune reported.

Wilson was reported missing in late January but his remains were found in February in a rural area near Rocky Mount Road in northern Bossier Parish.

Hardy was arrested and charged with second-degree murder and obstruction of justice, and booked into the Bossier Maximum Security Facility in Plain Dealing, the Bossier Press-Tribune reported.

He was held on a $1.3 million bond, Bossier Now reported.

Shreveport Police Corporal Angie Willhite said Hardy’s escape attempt occurred just after noon on March 13, KSLA reported.

Cpl. Willhite said Hardy requested medical attention and was escorted to Oschner-LSU Health Medical Center in Shreveport by a Bossier Parish sheriff’s deputy.

While Hardy was waiting to be treated, he tried unsuccessfully to disarm the female deputy who was guarding him, KSLA reported.

But he did manage to grab the deputy’s pepper spray and deploy it at her.

That’s when he tried to make good his escape, but was stopped by a doctor and several other hospital staff members who tackled him before he got out of his hospital room, according to the Bossier Press-Tribune.

The medical staff kept Hardy pinned down until LSU Health police officers responded, according to KSLA.

Cpl. Willhite said Hardy was taken back to the Bossier Parish jail immediately after his escape attempt.

In addition to the murder and obstruction charges, Hardy has been charged with attempting to disarm a peace officer and battery on a peace officer, KSLA reported.

Bond for those charges was set at $50,000.

Comments (54)
bryantrent
bryantrent

Life in prison for him

No. 1-11
Cop Watch
Cop Watch

but,but, he's one of your heroes........ this must be one of the GOOD cops that we keep hearing about.

JBoH
JBoH

I hope the guy has a nice ride in prison. He brings dishonor to all cops.

DR226
DR226

Why just a female CO watching this guy? No mention of anyone other than medical staff as back-up. Again another female over powered. I'm curious what business this POS was in other than as deputy. Glad to see the CO wasn't another murder victim.

CelticGyrl
CelticGyrl

I fully support females LEOs but there are some duties that they are just not physically equal to the task. There should have been two COs on this prisoner, in the first place, as an ex-cop and alleged murder. Glad the staff stepped up and kept it from being much worse.

ABCJames
ABCJames

You are a waste of oxygen.

Tpr365
Tpr365

Kudo’s to the Doctor and medical staff.

Revfrankel
Revfrankel

But, But.....you must be one of the idiots doing life 30 days at a time.........you must be one of those criminals that can't even get that right and keep getting arrested and released that we keep hearing about.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

"was escorted to Oschner-LSU Health Medical Center in Shreveport by >a< Bossier Parish sheriff’s deputy"

Never a good idea to only provide a single deputy to escort a murder suspect into the hospital. Let alone one whom is a former deputy and officer himself.

rvigneault
rvigneault

good job by the doctors ..hope they dont quit their day jobs!

SupportOurBlue
SupportOurBlue

A murder suspect “needs” to go to the hospital without an ambulance? Interesting that it’s put in there about a “female” being overpowered - like this must have been the reason he was able to overpower an officer. Ever watch Live PD? Kudos for retaining her weapon.


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