Officials book suspected burglar shot by off-duty LSP investigator

Officials book suspected burglar shot by off-duty LSP investigator

ASCENSION PARISH, LA (WAFB) - The man shot while allegedly breaking into the unmarked unit of an investigator with Louisiana was booked into jail Thursday night after being released from the hospital.

Joseph Baldwin, 29, of Gonzales, was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail. He faces charges of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated burglary with a weapon and several others. There is a full list below.

The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office reported an LSP detective was alerted by a neighbor in the early morning hours of April 3 that his unmarked police unit was being burglarized. Investigators added the detective armed himself and went outside to confront the suspect, who had already broken into the vehicle and had allegedly taken several valuable items.

A brief foot chase was followed by a short physical struggle, according to officials. The added the suspected burglar allegedly stated he had a gun and was ready to use it.

Reports stated the suspect reached in his pants pocket and when he did, the off-duty detective fired one shot, which hit the man in the stomach. He was taken to an area hospital to be treated for his injuries.

Deputies reportedly arrived on the scene and found several valuable items in the suspect's possession, recovering a handgun believed to be the suspect's.

Baldwin was booked on the following charges:

Attempted first-degree murder
Aggravated burglary with a weapon
Illegal carrying of weapons (felony)
Possession of firearm by person convicted of certain felonies
Criminal trespass/trespassing of real property
Resisting an officer by violence, resistance or opposition
Simple criminal damage to property $500 to $50,000 (felony)
Illegal possession of stolen things over $1,500 (felony)
Theft of a firearm
Simple burglary (vehicle)
Possession of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoids
Possession of Schedule II CDS
Possession of Schedule III CDS (Suboxone)
Theft of a firearm
Failure to appear - bench warrant

No bond was set.

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 reported he stole firearms and other items specific to law enforcement.

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