Police: Officer disarms burglary suspect who pointed loaded weapon at him

Police: Officer disarms burglary suspect who pointed loaded weapon at him

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Police said a burglary suspect pointed a loaded gun at an officer during a foot chase, but the officer was able to knock the gun out of the suspect's hand and arrest him.

The Baton Rouge Police Department reported Arquelle Jean-Baptiste, 27, broke into his ex-girlfriend's apartment on Avenue L around 1:30 a.m. Sunday by climbing the balcony and kicking in the door. Investigators said he was armed with a gun.

Officials said responding officers saw Jean-Baptiste hiding behind the apartment building and yelled at him to stop. They added he then took off running.

According to the probable cause report, Jean-Baptiste turned a corner, pointed a gun directly at one of the officers and charged towards him. The report stated the officer "collided into" Jean-Baptiste and disarmed him. Officials said they later determined the gun was loaded and had a round in the chamber.

A background check revealed Jean-Baptiste is a convicted felon. He is charged with attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, aggravated burglary, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and resisting an officer with force.

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