BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A police officer is on administrative leave and a man is hospitalized with multiple gunshot wounds after a shooting Thursday night in Baton Rouge.
Wayne Heard, 30, was shot at least three times at a home on Boyd Street around 8:35 p.m. He is listed in critical condition at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, but is expected to live. He faces multiple assault charges. Police said the officer's name will be withheld for 24 hours, which is standard protocol by the department. They said he has worked in narcotics for 11 years.
According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, narcotics detectives patrolling the 2700 block of Boyd Street by car came across several men on the front porch of a house. Officers said one of them was holding a large handgun. Reports indicate when the detectives stopped and got out of their cars the suspect pointed the gun at them but then quickly ran into the house.
It goes on to state some of the officers ran to the back of the house and were waiting when the suspect tried to run out through the back door. Police said when they told him to drop the gun, he pointed it at them again. This time, one of the detectives squeezed off four shot and hit Heard at least three times. He fell back inside the house and the back door closed.
As soon as the other officers near the porch heard the shots, they ran in through the front door and found Heard lying on the floor. Detectives reported a Ruger .44 magnum revolver with an 8 1/2" barrel was beside him. No one else was injured.
Heard was charged with multiple counts of aggravated assault upon a peace officer with a firearm and convicted felon in possession of a firearm. He will be booked once he is released from the hospital.
The homicide division and internal affairs division are both investigating the shooting.