BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Officials say two Baton Rouge Police Officers were shot early Saturday morning and were rushed to the hospital. Top law enforcement officials are on the scene.
The shooting happened just after 5:30 a.m. on Fairfields and Scenic Highway, just east of I-110.
Officials say that one of the officers was responding to a disturbance call about a damage to property disturbance in the 5600 block of Monet Drive. When the officers arrived at the scene, the officer and the suspect, identified by his Godsister as 22- year-old Calvin Smith, got into a verbal exchange before the suspect fled the scene in a 2013 Dodge Avenger.
During the chase, a second officer arrived at the scene.
Officials say the chase ended in front of his residence in the 5600 of Fairfields Ave. where Smith exited the vehicle and fired several shots at the officers using a large caliber semi-automatic assault rifle.
Both of the officers received gunshot wounds during the shooting but managed to return fire hitting the suspect.
The two officers were taken to a local hospital before EMS could arrive on the scene.
According to officials, one officer received a gunshot wound to the ribs. As of 9 a.m. it was said that the officer was in surgery but is listed in stable condition.
According to District Attorney Hillar Moore, the officer was wearing a bullet proof vest but was hit on the side where the vest comes together, traveled down and entered his body.
The second officer received a graze wound to the back of the head and is also listed in stable condition.
The identities of the officers have not been released at this time.
Moore says that the two police officers are lucky to be alive.
"One more inch and an officer is dead," said Moore.
Smith was taken to a nearby hospital where he is listed in critical condition.
According to Smith's Godsister, Gina Chambers, Smith, has a history of mental illness and had been staying in a mental health facility in Shreveport until a week before Christmas. She also added that he has attempted to commit suicide in the past.
The District Attorney's Office is assisting in the investigation.
Investigators will check to see if the officers' body cameras were functioning at the time of the shooting as well as video from the patrol vehicles.
Officials say the two officers will be placed on paid administrative leave per standard procedure.
The shooting remains under investigation.