Suspect arrested after allegedly shooting at BRPD officer during traffic stop

Published: Aug. 8, 2018 at 12:51 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 11, 2018 at 1:36 PM CDT
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North 15th Street at Chestnut Street (Source: Viewer)
North 15th Street at Chestnut Street (Source: Viewer)
Police hope this vehicle leads them to the man who fired at an officer. (Source: Viewer)
Police hope this vehicle leads them to the man who fired at an officer. (Source: Viewer)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Police have arrested a man accused of shooting at a Baton Rouge Police Department officer during a traffic stop Tuesday.

Detectives arrested Raheem Howard, 21, of Baker, on Friday, August 10. He is charged with attempted first degree murder and illegal use of a weapon.

BRPD reports the incident happened in the 2000 block of North 15th Street near Chestnut Street around 6:30 p.m.

According to authorities, the officer, identified as Yuseff Hamadeh, a 2-year veteran working in the Street Crimes Unit, pulled over the vehicle for an alleged traffic violation on N 16th Street.

Howard then fled from the vehicle, and Officer Hamadeh chased him on foot towards N 15th Street. Howard then entered a home in the 2000 block of N 15th Street, and Hamadeh continued the pursuit, forcefully entering through the front door of the home. Howard was then able to escape out of the back of the house. As Hamadeh chased him outside, Howard reportedly turned towards him and fired one shot at Officer Hamadeh, who returned fire.

Investigators say no one was injured in the incident.

They added a man thought to be the shooter was taken in for questioning Tuesday night, but was released after detectives realized he was not the person they were looking for.

Officer Hamadeh has been placed on paid administrative leave per BRPD policy. He was involved in another shooting in 2017, where he shot and killed a man on S Acadian Thruway between Claycut and Broussard. The man killed was identified as Jordan Frazier, 35, who was reportedly found to have been carrying a stolen gun and various drugs. He was shot and killed during an attempted traffic stop after reportedly getting out of the car during the traffic stop with a gun.

State Police: Man killed during officer-involved shooting had stolen gun, drugs

Louisiana State Police cleared Hamadeh of any wrongdoing, but the district attorney's office has not yet finished their investigation.

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