WEST MONROE, La - One man is dead and another in custody after a traffic stop involving Ouachita Parish deputies, and one deputy opened fire.
It all started as a traffic stop.
Now state police say that the man killed is the driver 22-year-old Marquinton Brooks of Monroe.
It happened on highway 3033 at Guyton Road in West Monroe just after 5:30 last night.
Deputies initiated a traffic stop with a 2002 Chrysler Town-and-Country van.
When the suspects came to a stop two deputies approached both the driver side and passenger side of the vehicle.
Deputies say that's when the driver, 22-year-old Marquinton T. Brooks attempted to drive off.
When one deputy tried to enter the van to stop it, Brooks allegedly put him in a headlock and kept driving.
The deputy managed to bring the van to a stop, and when the other deputy went to the driver's side to assist, the passenger, later identified as William Underwood, jumped out and fled.
At that point, one of the deputies deployed a taser on the driver, but it didn't work, and the driver pulled a gun from his waistband. That was when one of the deputies fired his duty weapon, killing the suspect.
Underwood returned to the scene after the shooting and was searched. Drugs were found, and he was taken into custody.
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