Monroe woman confronted face-to-face by accused gunman in officer-involved shooting

Courtesy: KNOE
Courtesy: KNOE
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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A Monroe man wanted on felony warrants is behind bars after allegedly shooting two sheriff's deputies Thursday morning.

The shooting happened at a home on Mary Beth Court in South Monroe, and was followed by a three hour manhunt, plus a stand off just down the street from where the shooting took place.

The search started after two deputies were shot, once in the neck and the other in the leg. The accused gunman, 26-year-old Ricky Wade Jr., ran in between homes on Michele Court, meeting Katherine Lee face-to-face at her front door.

"I heard 'pow pow pow', maybe three or four, and I said, 'Are those gunshots," Lee said.

It's a question Lee would soon have answered, after two sheriff's deputies were shot while trying to serve felony warrants.

"The guy comes from in between two homes, and he was running," Lee said, pointing across the street.

Running straight towards her, according to Lee, was 26 year old Ricky Wade Junior: A wanted man with a violent past. Pages and pages of warrants detail his criminal history, and Lee said it hit her when he approached her and asked for a ride.

"I was a little scared, so I just backed up and went into the house," Lee said.

Then, Lee said Wade ran behind her home and down the street, bursting into another home, and prompting a standoff with SWAT while hiding out in an attic.

"Just walking outside again brought the whole event back clear," Lee said.

Lee said it's an example of violence she sees daily on national news, but never at her front door.

"You don't want to know that things are so realistic so close to home," Lee said.

Luckily, no one in her family was hurt, but Wade is in custody now.
Deputies are still investigating and piecing together evidence, and the two deputies shot are recovering in the hospital.