Man arrested in connection to Baton Rouge Sunday morning murder

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A Baton Rouge man is behind bars in connection to a murder occurring Sunday, December 11.

Around 9:22 a.m., the Baton Rouge Police Department responded to a complaint of a shooting on the 4800 block of Ritterman Avenue, near My Father's House Church.

Officials say 37-year-old Juan Montgomery, was found dead on the scene, suffering multiple gunshots wounds.The victim's wife was also in the residence at the time, but was not harmed.

Upon investigation, police say there was a man who came to the residence looking for Montgomery by the name of "CJ," who was an acquaintance of Montgomery and visited him regularly.

According to police reports, "CJ" was accompanied by a second armed man, who allegedly forced his way into Montgomery's residence by kicking down the door, shooting into Montgomery's bedroom. Montgomery was able to arm himself and exchange gunfire with the man.

As a result of the gunfight, Montgomery was shot multiple times and died at the scene. The shooter and "CJ" fled in a blue Ford Expedition without any license plates, police say.

After investigation, police learned "CJ" was 32-year-old Carl Roosevelt Smith, Jr. The vehicle Smith was driving was registered to someone closely connected to Smith, authorities say.

Witnesses of the shooting were able to positively identify Smith after a 6 person photographic lineup with Smith and 5 other individuals of similar features.

Smith was arrested and booked on charges of principal to first degree murder and principal to home invasion by directly contributing to and aiding the shooter with specific intent to kill or greatly harm Montgomery and his wife.

The second suspect, which was the alleged shooter, is still at large.

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