ASCENSION PARISH, LA (WAFB) - A Louisiana State Police detective shot a burglar after allegedly waking up to the suspect breaking into an unmarked police unit early Sunday morning.
Around 4:30 a.m. Sunday in Ascension Parish, an LSP detective was alerted by a neighbor that his unmarked police unit was being burglarized. The detective armed himself and went outside to confront the burglar who had already broken into the vehicle and allegedly took several valuable items, according the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office.
A brief foot chase happened followed by a short physical struggle. APSO officials said the burglar allegedly stated he had a gun and was ready to use it.
The suspect allegedly reached for the gun in his pants pocket, and when he did, the off-duty detective responded to the threat by firing a round, striking the burglar in the abdomen. He was transported to an area hospital where he was treated for his injuries.
Deputies arrived on scene and found several valuable items in the suspects possession, recovering a handgun believed to be the burglar's.
APSO officials confirmed Monday afternoon that the robbery suspect who was shot by the off-duty detective was 29-year-old Joseph Baldwin.
Baldwin was previously arrested in 2013 after DNA evidence from two law enforcement vehicle burglaries in Walker pointed to him as a suspect in the crimes. In that case, the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office says he stole firearms and other items specific to law enforcement.
The LSP detective was placed on paid administrative leave. The incident is under investigation.
Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office at 225-621-INFO.