A Louisiana police officer has been killed after an incident outside a local high school on Friday night.
The officer, who suffered a gunshot wound to the head, was airlifted to the hospital shortly after the incident, before dying of his wounds in hospital.
The suspect, who also suffered life threatening injuries, remains in police custody in hospital as they undergo treatment for their wounds.
Officer William “Billy” Collins worked part time for the police force in Doyline, a small village in Webster Parish, 22 miles shy from Shreveport and located in the northwest corner of the state of Louisiana.
Collins also worked as a full-time deputy at the Bayou Dorcheat Correction Center, devoting his career to protecting the public and aiding the rehabilitation of offenders.
A KTAL-TV report stated that gunshots and explosions were heard at the scene just before 11pm on Friday.
The Louisiana State Police Department issued an emergency alert on Facebook, urging all local residents to stay away from the scene of the crime so law enforcement could carry out their job without distraction.
The KTAL report stated that Officer Collins was shot in the head at around 8 pm, and that he was close to Doyline High School.
He was then airlifted to Ochsner LSU Health where he would later die from his injuries.
In a press conference, Webster Parish Sheriff Jason Parker announced the death of his officer whilst confirming details of the incident.
He stated that Collins, alongside two other deputies, was reporting to an incident that had been called in from Green Tree Road before gunfire broke out between the officers and the suspect.
The two other deputies were not injured during the incident.
The suspect, who sustained life threatening injuries, was apprehended and taken to hospital after he barricaded himself inside of a mobile home for a short period of time.
He remains in custody.
This incident comes a year after the commencement of Black Lives Matter riots up and down the country, which led to the deaths and injuries of multiple police officers.
In September last year, two police officers were shot in their patrol car in LA after a gunman approached the car and ambushed them after a BLM protest in the city.
At that point, the FBI released data showing that over 40 police officers had been killed in the line of duty that year, with 8 of them being murdered in an ambush.