Man killed by soldiers was carrying suspected cocaine

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — A Louisiana State Trooper shot and killed a man carrying drugs after what began as a high-speed chase on Interstate 10.

State police said the chase began near the Iberville-West Baton Rouge parish line around 10 p.m. Thursday. A soldier attempted to stop a motorist for an undisclosed traffic violation. But he fled, hitting several other cars in the process, state police said.

The trooper later found the wrecked vehicle on the highway in nearby East Baton Rouge Parish. The man, identified Friday as Jose Reza-Navarro, 52, of Spring, Texas, attempted to flee from the scene of the crash but was confronted by police. It is still unclear what caused the shooting.

“Reza-Navarro was observed leaving the scene on foot. For reasons still under investigation, a soldier discharged his firearm shortly after coming into contact with Reza-Navarro,” state police said in a statement. “Although he contacted EMS and rendered assistance, Reza-Navarro succumbed to his injuries at the scene.”

Reza-Navarro was carrying 182 pounds (83 kilograms) of drugs believed to be cocaine in a suitcase in his vehicle, state police investigators said. That amount of cocaine has a street value of $2.5 million, authorities said.

The soldier was not injured and has been placed on administrative leave while the investigation continues.

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