VINTON, La. — Louisiana State Police and the Vinton Police Department are releasing more information about an early-morning officer-involved shooting along Interstate 10 in Vinton.
Vinton police say it started when an officer responded to a disturbance between two drivers parked on the shoulder of the Interstate 10 westbound entrance ramp from LA 108.
When officers arrived on the scene, one of the drivers got out of her car and pointed a gun at an police officer, according to a news release. That's when the Vinton police officer fired his weapon at the woman.
She has been identified as Annette Odegar, 54 of Orange. She was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and is expected to live.
No officers were injured.
Vinton officers were sent to a weapons complaint call just before 3 a.m. near exit eight along westbound Interstate 10 according to Vinton Police Captain Scott Spell.
Officers were still on the scene at about 8:20 a.m., nearly six hours after the incident, according to Spell.
The Louisiana State Police is handling the investigation Spell said.
Full news release from Louisiana State Police...
State Police Investigating Vinton Police Department Officer-Involved Shooting
On June 2, 2021, shortly before 3:30 a.m., Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations was requested by the Vinton Police Department (VPD) to investigate a shooting incident involving one of their officers.
The incident occurred as a VPD officer responded to a disturbance between two motorists parked on the shoulder of the Interstate 10 westbound entrance ramp from LA 108. Upon the officer’s arrival, one of the motorists, later identified as 54-year-old Annette Odegar of Orange, TX, exited her vehicle and pointed a firearm at the officer. During the confrontation, the officer discharged his weapon striking Odegar.
Odegar was transported to a local hospital for treatment. No other injuries were reported.
Louisiana State Police is the lead investigating agency for the officer involved shooting. The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Forensic Investigative Unit responded to the scene and is assisting with the investigation. This is an active investigation and information will be released as the investigative process continues. The initial altercation between the motorists is being investigated by the Vinton Police Department.
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