Convicted felon shoots neighbor with stolen gun

Published: Nov. 26, 2014 at 4:18 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 26, 2014 at 10:08 PM CST
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A convicted felon is back behind bars after he shot his neighbor in the chest.

According to the probable cause affidavit, 45-year-old Frederick Maurice Washington is accused of shooting the man in the chest with a stolen Hi-Point .45 caliber pistol. The victim was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

"[Washington] told investigators that he had received some threatening text messages, so he decided to buy a gun to protect himself," said Cpl. Don Coppola, Baton Rouge Police Department. "When, his neighbor knocked on the door to ask to borrow something. Washington, not knowing who was on the other side, opened the door and fired the gun."

Washington allegedly admitted that he purchased the gun illegally.

Washington has a prior conviction for simple robbery and was released from prison about two years ago.

Washington was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of attempted second-degree murder, felon in possession of a firearm, and possession of a stolen firearm. He is being held in lieu of a $90,000 bond.

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