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Police: Ruston Suspect Had BB Gun Made to Look Real

During the early morning hours of December 29, 2013, Ruston Police Department requested the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigation to investigate a series of violent events that culminated in an officer involved shooting which left the assailant dead.
Ruston Police and State Police hold a press conference regarding the suspect's crime spree and shooting. (Nick Lawton, KTVE/KARD)
Ruston Police and State Police hold a press conference regarding the suspect's crime spree and shooting. (Nick Lawton, KTVE/KARD)
RUSTON -- Police say the suspect in the officer involved shooting in Ruston Sunday had a BB or pellet gun made to look real.

Joseph Glenn, 22, of Grambling was shot and killed by police officers after he confronted them with the gun. The night started with a violent crime spree.

During the early morning hours of December 29, 2013, Ruston Police Department requested the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigation to investigate a series of violent events that culminated in an officer involved shooting which left the assailant dead.
 
Around 12:00 a.m., Ruston Police Officers responded to a 9-1-1 call of an armed robbery at a gas station on Louisiana Highway 33 in Ruston. Officers were later called to an aggravated kidnapping at the Walmart in Ruston. From witnesses’ description of the subject, along with evidence at both scenes, police were able to identify 22-year-old Joseph Glenn of Grambling as the suspect in both crimes.
 
The Ruston Police Department received a call advising them that Glenn was at the Hampton Inn in Ruston. Officers responded to the Hampton Inn around 5:30 a.m. where they encountered Glenn. Officers gave Glenn loud verbal commands to show his hands. Glenn refused to comply and confronted the officers with a firearm. Officers perceived their lives were in danger, forcing them to use force to stop the threat Glenn presented. Glenn was shot and sustained serious injuries. Glenn was transported to Northern Louisiana Medical Center where he died. It was later discovered that the firearm Glenn produced was a realistic replica.

"You're looking at it, it looks exactly like a firearm. There's no distinguishable marks on it for you to look at say, 'OK, that's not a real gun,'" said Albert Paxton, Public Information Officer for Louisiana State Police Troop F.

"The officers did what was necessary," said Ruston Police Chief Steve Rogers. "They were forced to do their job and unfortunately, the suspect didn't survive."

 The investigation is ongoing by the Louisiana State Police and the Ruston Police Department.  Upon completion of a thorough and objective investigation, the Louisiana State Police investigative report will be turned over to the District Attorney’s Office.

Officers are conducting a toxicology screening to determine if Glenn was under the influence.

Ruston Police say three police officers are now on administrative leave, which is standard procedure after an officer discharges their weapon.
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