A man who attempted to run over a Shreveport police office following a robbery at a local casino a year ago was convicted at trial this week in Caddo District Court.
Andre Deon Bell, 24, of Shreveport, was found guilty Tuesday, December 4, 2018, of trying to run over Shreveport police Lt. Danny Duddy, then a sergeant, in the November 24, 2017, incident.
The two-man, four-woman jury in District Judge Katherine Dorroh’s courtroom retired Tuesday, December 4, 2018, and after two hours of deliverations returned its unanimous guilty verdict on the charge of felony aggravated assault with a motor vehicle upon a peace officer.
The jury determined that after robbing a patron of her cash at Sam’s Town Casino, Bell and an accomplice fled the Sam’s Town parking garage in a motor vehicle. Shreveport police officers attempted to stop the vehicle as it exited the garage, but Bell swerved toward the officers. Duddy jumped out of the way and fired upon the vehicle, his bullet striking Bell in the shoulder. Bell continued to flee, running a red light, striking two other cars and wrecking his getaway vehicle a few blocks away.
When Bell returns to face Judge Dorroh December 12, 2018, he faces imprisonment of one to 10 years with or withour hard labor and a fine of up to $5,000. However, the state hopes to use prior covictions to seek enhances penalties.
Bell was prosecuted by Nancy Berger-Schneider and Jason Waltman. He was defended by David McClatchey.