Police arrest suspect released from hospital in officer-involved shooting

Source: Brandon Shackelford/WAFB
Source: Brandon Shackelford/WAFB

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Authorities said police officers shot a suspect who jumped out of a stolen car during a traffic stop and opened fire on them Thursday night.

The Baton Rouge Police Department reported Torrance Smart, 24, was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison once he was released from the hospital. He faces the following charges:

Attempted first-degree murder of a police officer (2 counts)

Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

Aggravated flight from an officer

Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle

Obstruction of justice

Resisting an officer

Bond has not been set.

The officers have been identified as John Belcher and John Ford. They were not hurt in the shooting. Per standard procedure, they were placed on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated. 

The shooting happened on Robbie Avenue in the Belaire area around 8 p.m. Investigators said when officers tried to pull over a 2008 Honda Accord, Smart got out of the car while it was still rolling and fired several shots at the officers. 

According to reports, the officers fired back and Smart was hit. Officials said he kept running, but was later caught on nearby Warfield Avenue. Detectives said Smart was taken to Baton Rouge General Medical Center. His injuries were described as minor.

Police reports stated the vehicle Smart was driving was reported stolen on February 21.

Smart is currently on probation and was driving a vehicle recently stolen in a Car Jacking from a Tigerland parking lot.

"As we continue to investigate this incident, we are reminded of our officers' bravery in putting their lives on the line in order to apprehend dangerous criminals and ultimately keep Baton Rouge's citizens safe from harm," said BRPD Chief Carl Dabadie.

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