Recently-Released Felon Shoots Deputy On Traffic Stop

Holly Matkin

East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux held a press conference in the wake of the officer-involved shooting.

Baton Rouge, LA – A convicted felon recently released from federal prison shot an East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office (EBRSO) deputy during a traffic stop on Sunday, sparking a six-hour manhunt that ended when the suspect was fatally shot by police.

The attack began at approximately 7 a.m., when a the EBRSO attempted pull over a driver who appeared to be falling asleep behind the wheel of his SUV, KTVE reported.

The suspect, later identified as 39-year-old Bernard Ledlow, refused to stop and led the deputy on a “slow-speed” chase, according to WAFB.

Ledlow, who was armed with a rifle, opened fire on the deputy through the back window of his SUV before he crashed in the area of Kendalwood Road and Hoo Shoo Too Road, according to The Advocate.

He also shot at a second deputy who was setting up tire-deflating devices in the roadway.

Ledlow continued shooting as he bailed out of the SUV and ran off into the woods, WAFB reported.

“He’s got a rifle! I’m pinned down,” one deputy said over the radio. “I’ve been hit.”

The EBRSO and multiple other law enforcement agencies quickly established a perimeter and launched a massive search for Ledlow by water, air, and on foot.

They also evacuated an unspecified number of families from homes along the outskirts of the search area, WAFB reported.

Deputies ultimately located Ledlow in the forest, where a confrontation ensued, according to The Advocate.

The convicted felon was fatally shot by one of the deputies during the altercation.

No additional details regarding the shooting have been released.

The wounded deputy was rushed to a local hospital with a graze wound to his leg, The Advocate reported.

He has since been released and is recovering at home, EBRSO spokesperson Casey Rayborn Hicks told WAFB.

Ledlow been arrested at least 13 times for various offenses prior to his federal convictions, The Advocate reported.

He was released from federal prison in January after serving 17 years for gun and drug-related convictions, and was on federal probation when he attacked the deputy.

Ledlow also robbed a Gonzales bar at gunpoint in 1999, The Advocate reported.

"We're very relieved the suspect is no longer a threat to the people,” East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said, according to the paper.

East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome praised law enforcement officers for displaying “bravery in the face of extreme danger,” The Advocate reported.

“A simple traffic stop escalated into reckless violence,” she noted. “I’m glad to hear the injured deputy has been released from the hospital.”

Comments (35)
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SheepDawg
SheepDawg

And, statistically speaking, fifty percent of the U.S. population believes that it is the "right thing to do" to let these sociopaths loose because of a supposed "disaster." These are, unfortunately, the same moronic sheep that will vote for Bumbling Joe because....well, because. God help the United States, please.

Retired37
Retired37

Well, He won’t be able to do that again!
Glad the deputy is good

bryantrent
bryantrent

Glad the SOB is gone

javaguy
javaguy

I just LOVE a happy ending!!!!!

We9erfam
We9erfam

Another one bites the dust pull a gun on a law enforcement personal expect to be shot and may if lucky you live but this scum got what he deserved

RunCop
RunCop

13%er???

XIHP308
XIHP308

Just a person that decided he didn't want to abide by basic rules of society. His decision had consequences.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Career criminal gone. One for the good guys! 👍🤣🤣🤣

Blue Ocean1
Blue Ocean1

Gene pool cleansed..

vwiles34
vwiles34

Good guys 1 Low Life 0....and everyone goes home happy.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

You know, if he hadn't been released from prison, he would likely still be alive to be a burden on society... thank your liberal governors for the early release for these criminals!

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Glad the mofo is rotting in hell!! Also glad the deputy is going to be okay!!

JACQUEWB
JACQUEWB

This convicted felon who had been arrested “13” times never should have been released from prison. If any thing, he should have been put before a firing squad. To have someone like this put in prison is just a waste of money for tax payers. He finally got what he deserved. He is dead. I’m sorry that a deputy was injured, but he wasn’t critical. I retired from over 30 years in law enforcement. It is a never ending cycle with criminals. Maybe 20% of them reform to be a hard working responsible person. The other 80% guarantee law officers a job.

NoBackupNearby
NoBackupNearby

Glad the deputy is going to recover, the other LEOs are safe, and the bad guy has been released from his internal anguish over his life. On another note, I can just hear the pursuit being called on the radio: "Subject has turned onto Hoo Shoo Too Road, I repeat, Hoo Shoo Too Road!"

Raidergsmith
Raidergsmith

Now we wait for the family to show 5th grade graduation pictures of the s.o.b. and claim what a great guy he was and would've given the shirt off of his back, blah, blah, blah. Then they'll criticize the agency for violating his rights by not just shooting the rifle out of his hands and, "didn't have to shoot him", b.s. Thank God the officer is going to be okay.

Stillbleedblue
Stillbleedblue

Every time a released felon attempts to kill or maim an LEO and he/she is terminated by police (or citizen) the report should be overnighted and signature required by the idiot judge or whomever is responsible for their release, and presented to the media for public viewing. Maybe it would help mitigate some of these moronic early releases.

DR226
DR226

It's nice to see the trash taken out this way, good job LEOs. Wishing a speedy recovery to the wounded deputy.

Big Dude765
Big Dude765

Another POS let out to terrorize the public.Welcome to the Libscum States of America.

isabo
isabo

Cop Watch…..you just got a Rash of shit for your…in fact true statement. He did not get released because of the disaster. He served a 17 yr sentence and was released based on the terms of his sentence. If the other responders have issue with….that reality, perhaps they should pursue changing the laws, instead of reverting to high school taunts…..which only points to maybe more deep seated issues, but then I’m not a psychologist….just observation. I also found it interesting that SheepDawg was able to diagnose you as a sociopath…”while true”...based on your one sentence. Maybe he knows you…..well…I don’t know…. Taking a holistic approach is looking at the big picture of the person or situation, therefore if you don’t want offenders released based on sentence imposed…….change the laws. The fact is he knew he was screwed the minute he got pulled over…..a convicted felon with a gun!!!, he wasn’t going back to prison. I have all due respect and honor for law enforcement officers, I have a few in my family, and I know many… It’s a hard line they tow, everyday. Here’s to November!!!..coming from …one of the moronic sheep’s that will be voting out the narcissistic….autocratic… clown currently in the office …..Bumbling Joe 2020!!!

gutthans
gutthans

There's a reason that civvies don't like a lot of cops...it's an 'attitude' thing. You, sir, have it , as far as I can tell. Now, I'm not an LEO, but I do work with multiple jurisdictions, am a trained 'hostage negotiator', debriefing team member on several departments, and had a 'chief' for a grandfather, FWIW. I caught your drift, now catch mine: I don't care about the whole story behind your thing with CopWatch. He might have deserved it, might not. You still came off as a smug ass, IMHO, and your reply to me confirmed it for me. Agree or not, your call. And, this being an LEO site, I'm sure everyone here understands what I said.


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