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UPDATE:

RUSTON, La. (KNOE 8 News) - KNOE 8 News has learned that Louisiana State Police removed a small caliber semi-automatic pistol from the scene of a deputy involved shooting in Ruston.

While eyewitnesses are upset at the situation, Lincoln Parish Sheriff Mike Stone says that the deputy acted appropriately at the scene.

Johnny Rico Richardson was killed Friday afternoon about 1:00 PM by Lincoln Parish Sheriffs Deputies after they say Richardson ran when they drove up at the Citgo gas station on Farmerville Road.

UPDATE:

RUSTON, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The Lincoln Parish Sheriff's Office has released the following press release regarding the shooting death of Johnny Rico Richardson.

It states: "On Friday, February 7, 2014, at approximately 1:00 PM, Lincoln Parish Sheriff's Deputies, while on routine duty arrived at East Side Mini-Mart, located at the intersection of South Farmerville Street and Martin Luther King Driver, in Ruston, Louisiana.  The deputies came into contact with a group of individuals in the parking lot of the convenience store.  One of those individuals immediately began running from the deputy who immediately began pursuit on foot.  The deputy clearly identified himself as a law enforcement officer and ordered the suspect to stop.  The suspect refused to stop.  As the pursuit continued, the suspect suddenly stopped, turned toward the deputy and pointed a weapon at him.  When met with this lethal threat, the deputy fired multiple shots striking the armed suspect who was taken to North Louisiana Medical Center for treatment.  The suspect, Johnny Rico Richardson, 23 years of age, was later pronounced dead.  The weapon that was in the possession of the suspect was recovered at the scene.

No Lincoln Parish Sheriff Deputies were injured in the incident.  Lincoln Parish Sheriff, Mike Stone describes this as an unfortunate incident.  Sheriff Stone went on to say that preliminary investigation indicates that the officer involved acted appropriately under the circumstances when faced with an immediate threat of death or bodily harm to himself.  However, in accordance with standard law enforcement procedure, the deputy involved, whose name is being withheld at this time, has been placed on paid administrative leave.

As is standard operating procedure, Louisiana State Police has been called upon to continue the investigation."

UPDATE:

RUSTON, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The sister of Johnny Rico Richardson has confirmed that Richardson has died from gunshots from a Lincoln Parish Sheriff Deputy's gun.

Laquita Poe said that her brother had a criminal past, but is unsure why sheriff officials would have approached Richardson on Friday.

Employees at the Citgo gas station say that the incident started outside of the store, but the shooting occurred across the street in an empty lot.  

KNOE 8 News' request for surveillance footage from the station has been denied because the station's owner was out of town.

Our crew on the scene says it appears that Louisiana State Police are wrapping up their investigation.  State Police are pulling up their crime scene tape from the scene.

UPDATE:

RUSTON, La. (KNOE 8 News) - KNOE 8 News has learned that the shooting victim involved in Friday's officer involved shooting is Johnny Rico Richardson, 27, of Ruston.

Eyewitnesses at the scene tell our crew on the scene that Richardson ran from sheriff deputies, went across the street, threw hands up, and that a deputy shot him several times.

We've also spoken with Richardson's brother Archie Poe at the scene and will have more as it comes available.

UPDATE:

RUSTON, La. (KNOE 8 News) - KNOE 8 News has confirmed that an officer involved shooting has occurred in Ruston involving a Lincoln Parish Sheriff's Deputy.

Louisiana State Police are in route to handle the investigation.  More details will be available as they come in.

ORIGINAL:

RUSTON, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Louisiana State Police have confirmed a shooting in Ruston.

KNOE 8 News has received multiple call-in reports that a shooting occurred at a Citgo gas station on Farmerville Street.

Those callers say that the shooting involved a police officer and that a person has been killed.

KNOE 8 News is awaiting confirmation from police officials from the Ruston area, and we have a crew headed to Ruston currently.

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