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Twin Killed By Police Officers Searching For His Brother

by : Emily Brown on :
Twin Killed By Police Officers Searching For His BrotherEast Baon Rouge Sheriff’s Office/Alamy

A man has been shot dead by police while they were searching for his twin brother, who has been accused of kidnapping his pregnant girlfriend.

Deaughn Willis, 25, was shot by police in Louisiana’s capital city Baton Rouge on Saturday, January 8, after officers were made aware of the alleged kidnapping by the pregnant woman’s relatives.

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Police encountered Deaughn when they arrived at an apartment in Louisiana to search for his twin brother, Keaughn Willis, after which Deaughn is said to have ‘brandished a firearm at responding law enforcement’.

Police officer with handcuffs (Pixabay)Pixabay

In a statement about the shooting, cited by WAFB, Trooper First Class Taylor Scrantz said: ‘A deputy then discharged his firearm striking (Deaughn) Willis. Willis sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on the scene by the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office.’

A source told the publication there were two Baton Rouge Police detectives and three East Baton Rogue Sheriff’s Office deputies on the scene at the time of the incident.

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The shooting took place after officers received a warrant to arrest Keaughn for alleged third-degree rape, sexual battery, simple kidnapping, and domestic abuse battery of a pregnant victim.

According to an arrest warrant cited by The Independent, Keaughn got into a fight with his girlfriend on Saturday morning before he ‘grabbed her with both his hands and forcefully pulled her inside of his vehicle’.

Police car (Alamy)Alamy

The girlfriend claimed she had asked Keaughn repeatedly to stop and let her out, but he responded to say he was taking her to Oklahoma. The 25-year-old is said to have spoken to his girlfriend in derogatory language, pulled her hair and taken her mobile phone before parking near a building and attempting to rape her.

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The woman is said to have broken the front passenger side window and escaped from the car by climbing out of the window, according to authorities. Keaughn returned hours later to the apartment where his twin brother had been killed.

The 25-year-old was taken into custody and booked on the charges stated in the warrant. Court records indicate he has a history of domestic abuse, and an arrest record. Deaughn also had a record after being arrested twice in December 2017 on domestic violence counts.

Louisiana State Police said detectives will continue to review all evidence and aspects of the incident in relation to Deaughn’s death to ensure a complete and thorough investigation. Once complete, the findings of the investigation will be delivered to the EBR Parish District Attorney’s Office.

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Emily Brown

Emily Brown first began delivering important news stories aged just 13, when she launched her career with a paper round. She graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University and went on to contribute to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming Senior Journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news, trending stories and longer form features.

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