EBRSO: Suspect wanted in deputy shooting has been fatally shot
The suspect sought by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office for shooting a deputy Sunday morning has been fatally shot, according to Sheriff Sid Gautreaux. The suspect has not been identified.
Gautreaux said there was a confrontation when the deputies found him in the woods. He added there was an officer safety bulletin put out on the suspect through the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office earlier in the year and he does have an extensive criminal history. EBRSO is handling the investigation.
Officials said they searched a wooded area off Hoo Shoo Too Road at Kendalwood Road near the Amite River for several hours for an armed gunman who shot a deputy during a chase.
EBRSO reported the incident began a little after 7 a.m. when a deputy tried to make a traffic stop on a Chevrolet Suburban at Airline Highway and Pecue Lane because the driver appeared to be falling asleep while behind the wheel and swerving in the road.
EBRSO added the driver refused to stop and the deputy followed the vehicle to Hoo Shoo Too Road and during the “slow speed” pursuit, the suspect fired at the deputy through the back windshield of the SUV before crashing at the end of Kendalwood Road around 7:30 a.m.
Gautreaux said the deputy was grazed on his side by the suspect’s gunfire and has been released from the hospital. The deputy’s name was not released.
According to EBRSO, the suspect fired more shots and ran into the woods. Deputies set up a perimeter in the area and searched by air, water, and ground. Homes along the perimeter of the search area were evacuated for safety and those families have been allowed back home.
Louisiana State Police, the St. George Fire Department, EMS, EBR Constables Office, US Marshals, Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Department of Corrections K-9 units all assisted in the search.
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