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Mother of victim speaks after crime spree in Ruston

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RUSTON, La. (KNOE 8 News)- Cheryl Preece's son, Cole Griffin was the first victim Joseph Glenn attacked at the Circle K gas station off Interstate 20 in Ruston early Sunday morning.


Preece says Glenn approached her son with a butcher knife demanding his car, the two then began to scuffle.

The fight between the two men lasted 10 minutes. It ended with Glenn trying to drive off in Cole's car, but he slammed into a guard rail at the gas station.

Preece believes if police would have been notified by store employees sooner the  outcome would not have been fatal for Glenn.

"The law would have had time to get there. they could have possibly arrested the guy, saved his life, saved my sons car from being totaled, kept the lady from the Wal-Mart parking lot from being kidnapped," Preece said.

From the gas station Glenn went to Wal-mart where he stole the bee-bee gun. It is the same gun he later pointed at Ruston Police officers and was gunned down at a Ruston Hampton Inn.

"Our officers took the necessary action at this point. I don't have all the reports back. But our officers at this point from my stand point took the actions that were necessary," Chief Steve Rogers of the Ruston Police Department said.

Police are still unsure of Glenn's motives and those who knew him are shocked. Per normal protocol the officers involved are on administrative leave.


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