Trial set to begin for suspect accused of shooting at police officer after traffic stop

Trial set to begin for suspect accused of shooting at police officer after traffic stop

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The suspect connected to an officer-involved shooting is scheduled to be in court Monday for the start of his trial.

Melvin Trosclair, 36, is charged with attempted first-degree murder of a police officer in connection with a shooting that happened on Aug. 11 2012 on Winbourne Avenue in Baton Rouge.

Investigators said a Baton Rouge police officer noticed a vehicle driving in a suspicious manner and pulled it over, but the driver got out and tried to run. They added the officer chased the suspect behind a house where the officer tried to handcuff him.

Police said the suspect got away from the officer and tried to run back to his vehicle. They reported the officer tried to get the suspect in custody and that is when the officer found out the suspect was armed.

According to authorities, the police officer broke free and tried to find cover when the suspect started shooting at him. Officials said the officer returned fire and hit the suspect in the shoulder, but he was able to run off again.

Responding officers set up a perimeter. Trosclair was found a short time later and taken into custody. He was taken to the hospital for treatment and later booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

The gun allegedly used by Trosclair was reported stolen in 1999.

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