ASCENSION PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Detectives with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office said the burglary suspect, who was shot by a Louisiana State Police investigator on Sunday morning, also broke into at least six other cars before he broke into the investigator's unit.
Joseph Baldwin, 29, is accused of stealing police equipment from an unmarked LSP vehicle just minutes before the investigator armed himself and went outside to confront the burglar.
Detectives said as Baldwin tried to make a run for it, he pulled out a stolen gun and threatened to shoot the off-duty investigator. The LSP detective responded to the threat by firing a round that hit Baldwin, and was later placed on paid administrative leave.
Baldwin has been busted for breaking into police cars in the past. He 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 said he stole firearms and other items specific to law enforcement.
Officials said Baldwin has been arrested seven times by five different agencies. He just got out of prison in Livingston Parish and was still on probation when the alleged incident happened.
"At 4:30 in the morning, it's quiet in most neighborhoods. For him to bust out glass and stay there long enough to get inside that vehicle and get that equipment out, that tells you something about him," said Col. Bobby Webre with APSO.
Baldwin faces charges of attempted first-degree murder of a peace officer, aggravated burglary, possession of a firearm by convicted felon, resisting an officer by violence, criminal trespass, criminal damage to property, and illegal carrying of weapons.
The following is Baldwin's complete criminal history:
- 2007, 2009 - DWI (LSP)
- 2009 - Simple burglary (EBRSO)
- 2012 - Theft, drugs, drag racing (APSO)
- 2013 - 2 counts of simple burglary of a law enforcement or emergency vehicle (LPSO)
- 2013 - Illegal firearms (APSO)