An attempted traffic stop last evening (Tuesday, January 9, 2024) by Washington Parish Sheriff's Office Detective Shad Jenkins escalated after the driver of a black sedan attempted to flee, striking Detective Jenkins on the right side of his body. Detective Jenkins responded with shots fired. The incident began on Hwy 430 near Lawrence Creek Road outside of Franklinton.
The suspect's vehicle exited the road onto the shoulder during attempted traffic stop and Detective Jenkins gave commands to halt and exit the vehicle, Instead, the suspect attempted to flee and struck the Officer. Additional units were promptly dispatched to the location.
The vehicle was eventually stopped near the intersection of Jimi Brumfield Road and Max Brumfield Road and the suspect, later identified as 18 year-old Brian Archuleta, fled on foot into nearby woods but was soon taken into custody. B.B. Rayburn Correctional Center, employing their expert K-9 units, assisted to meticulously scour the wooded area for any scattered objects.
Archuleta, a resident of Happy Acres Road in Franklinton, was booked at 7:55 PM with being a fugitive from another jurisdiction - Louisiana Department of Probation and Parole, resisting arrest - aggravated flight, and resisting arrest - flight on foot. Other charges are pending after the Louisiana State Police investigation. A press release from the Louisiana State Police stated that “Investigators have been requested by the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office to investigate a deputy-involved shooting in Washington Parish. Investigators are working diligently to process the crime scene and gather further information.”
The swift and coordinated efforts of WPSO deputies ensured a safe resolution to this incident. The WPSO has expressed their thanks to the community for their cooperation and patience during this time and that WPSO remains committed to ensuring the safety and security of residents.