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Suspect killed in officer-involved shooting in Tigerland was wanted for violent felony; identity released

Clips of body cam footage released
Updated: Jul. 20, 2020 at 9:27 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Officials with the Baton Rouge Police Department (BRPD) have released new details about a fatal officer-involved shooting that happened Monday, July 20.

BRPD Chief Murphy Paul said during a news conference Monday that officers responded to an apartment complex in the 4700 block of Tigerland Avenue around 1:35 a.m. after receiving a tip about a wanted suspect.

The suspect was wanted for a violent felony charge, Paul said.

The police chief said officers created a perimeter around the complex. Once the officers confirmed the suspect was hiding in one of the units, Paul said they attempted to make contact with the suspect.

During the incident, the suspect appeared from a back room of the apartment and the officers retreated from the residence while giving loud verbal commands, according to Paul.

Paul said the suspect armed himself with a weapon and confronted officers at the entrance to the apartment.

The image above is from a body camera video that shows the suspect holding a weapon. The weapon...
The image above is from a body camera video that shows the suspect holding a weapon. The weapon is circled in red.(BRPD)

When the suspect pointed the weapon at the officers, Paul said they fired, striking him.

BRPD has released a short clip from an officer’s body cam footage. That clip is below.

Paul said the suspect died after being shot. A spokesperson for the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office identified the suspect as Vincent Harris, 51.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office has identified Vincent Harris, 51, as the suspect...
The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office has identified Vincent Harris, 51, as the suspect killed during an officer-involved shooting at an apartment complex on Tigerland Avenue in Baton Rouge, La. on Monday, July 20, 2020.(Crime Stoppers)

No human officers were injured in the shooting, but a K-9 officer was injured, according to Paul.

The police chief said he would not be identifying the four officers involved in the shooting, but did say they had been placed on administrative leave per department policy.

Johnny Dunham, the executive director of Greater Baton Rouge Crime Stoppers, said his organization had received a tip about the suspect being at the same location on Saturday, July 18.

A Crime Stoppers Facebook post from May 7 said Harris was wanted on charges of attempted second-degree murder, aggravated second-degree battery, second-degree kidnapping, and domestic abuse battery.

Dunham said officers went to the apartment complex, but did not locate the suspect Saturday.

The case remains under investigation.

Paul said he met with the family of the suspect and showed them some of the officers’ body cam footage from the incident. Some of that footage is below.

The family gave Paul permission to release a portion of the body cam footage “for the sake of transparency and for the best interest in public safety in the City of Baton Rouge.”

One person was killed and a Baton Rouge Police Department K-9 was injured during an...
One person was killed and a Baton Rouge Police Department K-9 was injured during an officer-involved shooting in Tigerland on Monday, July 20.(WAFB)
One person was killed and a Baton Rouge Police Department K-9 was injured during an...
One person was killed and a Baton Rouge Police Department K-9 was injured during an officer-involved shooting in Tigerland on Monday, July 20.(WAFB)

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