La. State Police investigates deadly officer-involved shooting in Baton Rouge

La. State Police investigates deadly officer-involved shooting in Baton Rouge
(Source: WAFB)
(Source: WAFB)
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(Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana State Police is investigating a deadly shooting in Baton Rouge involving six deputies with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office.

The shooting happened in the 1300 block of Terrace Avenue near Eddie Robinson Drive late Tuesday evening.

According to officials, EBRSO detectives shot and killed a man, now identified as 48-year-old Travis Stevenson, after responding to a disturbance. Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said the man was suicidal, possibly trying to commit suicide by cop.

According to reports, deputies were called out to a home in the Gardere area around 8:30 p.m. after Stevenson's girlfriend reported that he had allegedly broken into her apartment and sprayed mace at her and her daughter.

Stevenson left before the deputies arrived, but they were able to reach him on the phone when he threatened to jump from a bridge. Law enforcement checked both bridges crossing the Mississippi River in the area and were unable to find Stevenson.

Around 10 p.m., EBRSO were told that Stevenson was in the area of Eddie Robinson and Terrace Avenue. Two EBRSO homicide detectives found him and tried to get Stevenson out of his vehicle.

Officials say the detectives fired at Stevenson's vehicle after he tried to ram into them with it. Stevenson was shot and pronounced dead on the scene.

"We got a total of six deputies involved," Gautreaux said. "Two of them were general detective deputies, two of them were homicide detectives and two of them were uniform patrol deputies. That was the units that were on the scene at the time of the incident."

The sheriff said LSP investigators from Hammond were called in to handle the investigation, which is ongoing. He added the Baton Rouge Police Department is handling the crime scene.

"Due to the fact that two of the detectives involved in this incident work in our homicide division. Our homicide division is charged with investigating all deputy involved shootings" Gautreaux said. "Therefore, we believed it would be most prudent to ask Louisiana State Police to investigate the shooting."

The district attorney's office will also be investigating the incident.

The detectives involved were placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure, following the incident.

There have been 12 homicides in EBR Parish so far this year, of which three were negligent homicides and two were officer-involved shootings. On this same day last year there were 9 homicides, of which three were negligent homicides. There were a total of three officer-involved shootings for the entirety of 2015 and none in 2014.

The latest shooting happened in the 70802 zip code.

EBRSO deputies were involved with two of the three officer-involved shootings in 2015. The third incident involved US Marshals.

If you know anything that could help investigators, call Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-STOP (7867).

For more information about each homicide, click the marker.

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