BRPD officer involved in shooting Saturday

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Baton Rouge Police Department have released the names of the officer and suspect involved in a shooting Saturday night.

The shooting happened just after 11 p.m. in the 2700 block of Winbourne Avenue. The officer noticed a vehicle driving in a suspicious manner. The officer, Nicholas Collins, 26, pulled over the vehicle. The driver, Melvin Trosclair, 33, got out and tried to run.

Collins chased Trosclair behind the house where Collins tried to subdue him. The suspect got away from the officer and tried to run back to his vehicle. Collins tried to get Trosclair in custody and that is when he found out the suspect was armed.

Police say Collins broke free and tried to find cover when Trosclair began firing his weapon at him. Collins returned fire, hitting Trosclair in the shoulder. Trosclair ran again.

Responding officers set up a perimeter and Trosclair was found and taken into custody. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment for his injuries. He was then booked into EBRSO Parish Prison.

Collins is a four year veteran of the Baton Rouge Police Department and currently assigned to the Narcotics Division. He has been placed on paid administrative leave. Officers are routinely placed on leave after an officer involved shooting.

Trosclair has been charged with attempted first degree murder of a police officer, illegal use of a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a stolen firearm and resisting arrest.  The gun allegedly used by Trosclair was reported stolen in 1999.

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