BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - A man died after he was shot by an officer at the end of a 19-hour standoff situation near Evangeline Street.
Keith Carter died after he was sent to the hospital Tuesday morning, according to the family attorney, Niles Haymer.
A spokesperson for the Baton Rouge Police Department says the standoff started at roughly 4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 26 when a suspect entered a home in the 4200 block of Sycamore Street in an attempt to flee from officers.
The situation ended before noon on Tuesday, Aug. 27 when Carter was taken to Our Lady of the Lake for treatment.
According to Beau Clark from the East Baton Rouge Coroner’s Office the victim died from multiple gunshot wounds to the torso.
On Tuesday, Police Chief Murphy Paul said in a press conference the incident began while the narcotics division was out conducting patrols in the area.
“It’s unfortunate that ended this way, but we’re asking to public to allow us to continue our investigative efforts,” said Paul.
Police say it all started while they were patrolling Monday afternoon with what they thought was a drug deal. When officers tried to stop the truck Carter was driving, Chief Paul says he took off.
“There was a chase and that chase ended up in the 4600 block of Sycamore,” the chief said. That’s when police say Carter barricaded himself inside a home armed with a gun. Attorney Nyles Haymer has known Carter for years and tells WAFB’s Scottie Hunter while he cannot speak to his exact mindset at the time, he says he tried everything he could think of to talk him down.
“Nobody really thought it was as serious as it was,” said Haymer. “BRPD allowed me to actually talk to Keith over a PA system to see if I could talk to Keith and see if I could get him to come out of the home. It was a very, very tough moment for me and I know really, really hard for this family.”
Haymer says Carter had been struggling for quite a while with a mental health diagnosis and he believes the man had simply given up hope.
“Based on all of the treatment that he went through medically and based on his mental health problems, he just really felt tired. He was just tired of going on. Was it suicide by cop? I don’t know... I can’t say, but it felt like it today,” Haymer added.
Just after 11 a.m. Tuesday, police say Carter ran out of the back door of the home and started shooting at officers before he was hit. Both Chief Paul and the family’s attorney say law enforcement worked diligently to try to produce a different outcome.
"They did everything in their power to end this peacefully," Paul said.
“I know they were out there hard at work trying to get Keith to come out and lay that weapon down,” Haymer added.
As Louisiana State Police takes over the investigation, both Paul and Haymer are asking for patience and understanding as the process continues to play out.