Investigation of fatal officer-involved shooting of a man while holding a child in Pineville completed


The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office has completed its investigation of the fatal April 23rd Pineville Police officer-involved shooting. RPSO spokesperson Tommy Carnline said 25-year-old Larry Calk was holding a child and a weapon and threatening to harm the child while on the front porch of a residence.

“When the officers saw him doing this, they believed the child’s life was in imminent danger and they shot the suspect and rescued the child,” said Carnline.

Pineville Police responded to a reported family disturbance shortly before 1 PM on Sunday, April 23rd. Carnline said the officers first heard the suspect inside the home threatening the child and that continued as he exited the residence.

“As law enforcement, we never want to have to do this type of thing, but we are trained to do that. And these officers did what they were trained to do and fortunately, this child’s life was saved,” said Carnline.

Carnline said immediately after Calk was shot and the child was out of danger, other officers immediately began rendering medical aid.

“The fire department and Acadian Ambulance also responded. But no one else was injured, the officers were not injured, and the child is alive today,” said Carnline.

The investigation has been turned over to the Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office.

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