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Suspect charged with first-degree murder in shooting death of former Southern University employee

TERRIUS BROWN was released from the hospital and booked in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison....
TERRIUS BROWN was released from the hospital and booked in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. He was booked on the charges of First Degree Murder, Aggravated Burglary and Illegal Use of a Weapon.(EBRSO)
Updated: May. 13, 2021 at 9:56 AM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Detectives with the Baton Rouge Police Department say they have made an arrest in connection with the shooting death of a man whose home was broken into early Saturday morning.

Police say Terrius Brown, 28, of Baton Rouge, was released from an area hospital on Thursday, May 13, booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of first-degree murder for the shooting death of Derrick Cavazos, 35.

Brown was also charged with aggravated, burglary, and illegal use of a weapon, police say. Brown was originally arrested on Sunday, May 2 while he was in the hospital.

WAFB’s Donovan Jackson reports Cavazos was a Baton Rouge attorney and worked at Southern University. Cavazos was also an alumnus of the Southern University Law Center. Southern officials said his roles at the university included advisor, program coordinator, and adjunct professor. They added he last worked at the university in early February 2020.

Derrick Cavazos
Derrick Cavazos(Southern University Law Center)

Investigators say they believe Brown broke into Cavazos’ home in the 13500 block of Ashby Avenue shortly before 3:45 a.m. Saturday, May 1.

Police say Brown and Cavazos were both injured while exchanging gunfire inside of the home.

Cavazos was pronounced dead at the scene. Brown later brought himself to an area hospital seeking treatment for his injuries.

When Brown is released from the hospital, he will be booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of first-degree murder, aggravated burglary, and illegal use of a weapon.

The Southern University Law Center posted a tribute to Cavazos on social media late Saturday.

“At this time, we wish to express our condolences to the family of our alumnus Derrick Cavazos. Please keep his family in your prayers,” law school officials said.

This is a developing news story. WAFB will update this news story when more information is available.

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