LAWSUIT: BRPD officers responded too slowly after drive-by shooting, explosive device thrown into home

LAWSUIT: BRPD officers responded too slowly after drive-by shooting, explosive device thrown into home
A teen was shot in a drive-by shooting and the shooter reportedly threw a grenade into the house

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - A 2018 attack on a Baton Rouge family left them fearing for their lives and searching for answers. More than a year later, they’re still searching, but they also want answers from the Baton Rouge Police Department (BRPD).

Craig Hall, the homeowner, says someone drove by and launched what he calls a “grenade” into his house around 5 a.m. in August of 2018, but it didn’t go off, so he pulled his wife and two sons into the hallway, called 911, and waited.

In the next 40 minutes after that initial call, the assailant again opened fire on the family, injuring their teenage son. Hall wants to know why it took BRPD so long to respond.

Court records show more than a year later, the family has hit BRPD with a lawsuit claiming dispatchers misclassified what should’ve been a high-priority situation as a low-priority incident, causing officers to drag their feet on the way to the scene.

The lawsuit claims average police response time is calculated to be around 10 minutes when the emergency is determined to be “priority 1,” what the shooting at Hall’s home should’ve been. Instead the shooting was dispatched as a “priority 4” emergency which may have led to the delay, the lawsuit states.

Hall and his attorneys argue their son may not have been injured had police properly designated the shooting because officers would have responded in time.

BRPD is unable to comment on pending litigation.

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