6 officers placed on admin. leave, suspect arrested after officer involved shooting

6 officers placed on admin. leave, suspect arrested after officer involved shooting

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Afraid for her life, that's how a witness describes the terrifying moments unfolding right before her eyes Saturday night.

Baton Rouge Police continue to investigate a shooting that involved several officers. The shooting happened in the 5200 block of Jackson Avenue just before 10 pm Saturday night.

Authorities say that officers were responding to reports of a domestic disturbance in the area. While investigating the incident the suspect drove by, attempting to elude the officers. He then lost control of the vehicle and ran into a house in the 5100 block of Washington Avenue.

Police reports say after the suspect crashed his vehicle he began shooting at the officers while attempting to flee on foot. The officers returned gunfire and shot the suspect several times. He was arrested and taken to the hospital with non life threatening injuries. He will be booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison once he is released from the hospital.

"I kept hearing them tell him to, 'stop, stop, don't move, don't move, put the gun down.' He wouldn't do it. And they walked over to him to try and make sure that he was OK and he started back shooting at them," said a witness and neighbor who asked to remain anonymous.

The witness says police did their job when a 28-year-old man allegedly began shooting at officers.

"The van almost hit me. A bullet could have went into anyone's house. I snatched my kids out of the bed and put them on the floor," said the witness.

She feared for her family and also her neighbors like Andre Johnson.

"This is the first time someone actually shot back at the police in this neighborhood. This doesn't usually happen," said Johnson.

Six officers were put on administrative leave with pay after the shooting.

"We're going to make contact with the officers. Get their side of the story. We're going to review all aspects to this particular case so we can find out exactly what happened," said Cpl. L'jean McKneely, Baton Rouge Police Dept.

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