BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A man scheduled to go on trial Monday for allegedly shooting at a police officer decided to plead guilty to the crime.
Court officials said Melvin Trosclair, 36, of Baton Rouge, pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder and was sentenced to 30 years in prison in Louisiana. He was also sentenced to 10 years in federal prison from a previous arrest in which he was a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
The shooting 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 then Trosclair, the driver, got out and tried to run. They added the officer chased him behind a house where the officer tried to handcuff him.
Police said Trosclair got away from the officer and tried to run back to his vehicle. They reported the officer tried to get him in custody and that is when the officer found out Trosclair was armed.
According to authorities, the police officer broke free and tried to find cover when Trosclair started shooting at him. Officials said the officer returned fire and hit Trosclair 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.
Detectives later learned the gun used was reported stolen in 1999.