Police: Drug-related shooting leaves 1 dead, 1 wounded, 1 arrested

Jermaine Ruffen (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)
Jermaine Ruffen (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Police said they have arrested a suspect in connection with what they're calling a drug-related shooting early Thursday morning that left one man dead and a woman badly wounded.

The Baton Rouge Police Department said Anthony Jones, 29, died at the scene. The woman was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, but is expected to survive. Her name was not released, but police reported she is 32 years old.

Jermaine Ruffen, 29, faces several charges in the deadly shooting. He was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on the following charges:

First-degree murder

Attempted first-degree murder

Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

Illegal possession of a stolen firearm

Illegal use of a weapon

Investigators reported the shooting happened on Evangeline Street near Elm Drive in the Brookstown area around 12:30 a.m. They reported evidence shows Jones and the woman were shot inside a Chrysler 200 during an illegal drug transaction with Ruffen. It is believed he shot them and ran away. According to reports, officers patrolling the area heard the shots and quickly made it to the scene.

Officers said the woman told them what the shooter looked like and an officer spotted a man matching that description about a block over on Byron Avenue. They added when that officer tried to talk to the man he ran away and threw something on the ground. Officials reported the officer chased the man, caught him and a police dog found a handgun believed to have been thrown while the suspect was running away.

According to BRPD, the gun appeared to have been fired recently and matched the caliber of the one used in the deadly shooting. Detectives added they learned the gun found was a stolen New Orleans Police Department service weapon.

The investigation is ongoing.

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