More accusations surface from officer-involved shooting

Published: Sep. 9, 2009 at 12:26 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 15, 2009 at 10:18 AM CDT
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By David Spunt - email

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The off-duty Baton Rouge police officer accused of shooting a man at the apartment complex where the officer works as a security guard is also accused of hitting a different man with his gun.

The Baton Rouge Police Department is in the middle of a high-profile investigation after the incident Sunday at the Canterbury House Apartments on South Sherwood Forest. The police were called after Officer Terrance Nolan, who was off-duty, allegedly shot a man. Nolan, a four-year veteran of the force, was placed on administrative leave per department policy for officer-involved shootings. So far, no charges have been filed in the incident.

The victim identified the security guard as the person who shot him. "He came toward us and he pulled his gun out and he tried to hit me in the ankle," said Devin Martin. He spent almost two days in the hospital after being shot in the ankle. He said he and his friends were walking into the complex when Nolan approached them and told them to leave. He said they then told Nolan they lived there and that's when the shots were fired.

"I hopped over to the steps and he smacked the other guy in the back of his head with a gun," Martin said. The other guy Martin referred to is his friend, Caleb Staden. "It was a big crush to my head," Staden said. He claimed he was trying to walk away when Nolan hit him across the head with his gun.

According to police reports, Nolan was working as a security officer at Canterbury House, where he apparently lives. Martin said after he was shot, he was handcuffed to a fence and forced to hop around on one foot until paramedics arrived. The Baton Rouge Police Department is investigating that allegation, along with the rest of the case. "We're not going to hide anything," said Sgt. Don Kelly. "We're going to look at all the facts and determine as objectively as we possibly can what happened."

Kelly said the investigation into the incident could take months. Both victims filed formal complaints Tuesday, which will also become part of the investigation.

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