Troopers identify gunman hospitalized after shots fired outside ExxonMobil plant

An officer said it appeared as though the man tried to carjack someone. (Source: Leah Ellsworth/WAFB)
An officer said it appeared as though the man tried to carjack someone. (Source: Leah Ellsworth/WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Authorities have identified the man who was taken into custody and admitted to the hospital after he allegedly fired shots near a chemical plant Friday morning.

Louisiana State Police reported it happened in the parking lot of the ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Polyolefins plant on Scenic Highway in north Baton Rouge. No injuries were reported.

Tpr. Jared Sandifer said an officer with the Department of Public Safety transporting reported seeing a vehicle moving erratically in the road and abruptly stop. He said the officer stated 28-year-old Telvin Henyard, of Woodville, Mississippi, jumped out with a gun in his hand and started firing. He described it as random fire with no specific target.

According to Sandifer, the officer saw what he believed was an attempted carjacking and called for backup. Henyard allegedly walked to the parking lot of the plant and continued firing into the air. Authorities said the suspect entered the lobby area, but security stopped him from getting into the plant.

Henyard was taken to Baton Rouge General Mid-City for observation as a precaution. After being released, he was transported to the EBR Parish Prison and booked on charges of Illegal Use of a Weapon, Attempted Carjacking, Aggravated Assault, Resisting an Officer and Disturbing the Peace by Appearing in Public in an Intoxicated Condition.

Investigators said they do not think Exxon was targeted. They added it is believed the incident was an isolated one.

Exxon officials released a statement about the incident.

"Today, March 6, the ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Polyolefins Plant experienced an active shooter situation. The security measures at the plant worked as planned. The suspect was not able to gain access to secure areas and there were no injuries. Local authorities are launching an investigation into the incident. We are grateful for the fast and professional response of ExxonMobil security and area law enforcement agencies."

DPS officers, state troopers, deputies with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office and officers with the Baton Rouge Police Department responded to the scene.

The investigation is ongoing, as troopers are trying to gather as much information as possible about what happened.

They ask anyone who can help them with additional details to call 225-754-8500.

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