Suspect identified in shooting death of Lafayette police officer

Suspect identified in shooting death of Lafayette police officer
Source: KATC-TV in Lafayette, LA
Source: KATC-TV in Lafayette, LA

LAFAYETTE, LA (WAFB) - A police officer is dead after a shooting at a convenience store in Lafayette, investigators say.

Cpl. Michael Paul Middlebrook, a nine year veteran with the Lafayette Police Department, was responding to a call of an aggravated assault with a firearm just after 10 p.m. Minutes after his arrival, there were reports of shots fired.

Louisiana State Police was called to investigate the shooting. At 2 p.m. on Monday, LSP released the identity of the suspect involved in the shooting. The suspect is identified as Ian Paul Howard, 28, of Lafayette. Howard has been arrested and booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center. He is charged with first degree murder of a police officer, attempted murder of a police officer, and two counts of attempted murder.

Troopers say this all happened before Cpl. Middlebrook made it to the scene at the Big Boy Discount Zone on Moss Street at Van Buren Drive.

Master Tpr. Brooks David with LSP Troop I says Howard allegedly fired at Cpl. Middlebrook, who then shot back. He added two other people inside the store were injured in the shootout, but their injuries are not considered life-threatening.

Howard reportedly ran away after the shooting, but was caught a short time later.

Cpl. Middlebrook was born in Thibodeaux, La. The Lafayette Police Department released the following statement:

The Lafayette Police Department is devastated by this sudden loss. We ask that you keep Corporal Middlebrook's family and the Lafayette Police Department in your thoughts and prayers.

The investigation is ongoing.

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