Man faces attempted murder charge after police officer hit with vehicle

Man faces attempted murder charge after police officer hit with vehicle

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Police said a man suspected of driving the car that hit an officer Monday evening is facing an attempted murder charge.

The Baton Rouge Police Department reported William Martin III, 36, was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of attempted murder of a peace office, possession of firearm by a felon, illegal carrying of a firearm and resisting an officer.

No bond was set.

According to the probable cause report, the officer was hit while assisting with a traffic stop Pocasset Street around 7:45 p.m. when detectives saw another car believed to be speeding and one of them flagged it down.

The report stated the detective saw the driver holding what appeared to be a handgun inside the waistband of his pants. It added the detective told the driver several times to get out of the vehicle.

According to the report, another officer started to approach the vehicle and the driver sped toward him.

"The officer was struck on his left side by the vehicle as the suspect attempted to flee the scene," says Don Coppola with the Baton Rouge Police Department. "The officer was not injured. He is a 7-year veteran of the force."

Investigators said the driver bailed out of the car on Midway Street, but detectives were able to catch up to him. They added Martin continued to resist and that's when he was shocked with a stun gun.

The report went on to state a 9 mm handgun was found in the waistband of Martin's pants. It also stated he allegedly said it was stolen and he bought it off the streets for $50.

Officials reported officers later learned Martin was convicted in 2007 of simple burglary.

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