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BR Officer Shot

Friday, February 27, 2009 - 6:54pm

A Baton Rouge police officer is in the hospital after he was shot in the legs. Police say the suspect who put him there is 16 years old. It started early this morning when police responded to an attempted armed robbery, but a routine search for a suspect quickly turned into much more.

Gunshots began ringing out a little before 4a.m. on Van Gough Ave. Baton Rouge police say it happened when one of their veteran officers with the K-9 Unit tried to question a 16-year-old boy about an armed robbery in the area. Sgt. Don Kelly says, “There was an exchange of gunfire between the suspect and our officer, both of them were struck, the officer in the leg, the suspect in the arm.”

Both are expected to recover, but when the teen gets out police say he’ll face a laundry list of charges. “The age is deceptive. People want to look at that as a youthful offender. No, that’s a killer. That’s someone who attempted to kill a police officer and had no regard for an officer’s life.”

For some in that area, the yards of police tape didn’t come as a complete shock. Diana Stiles says, “I lock three locks everyday, even during the day when I come out to smoke a cigarette, when I go into smoke a cigarette.” Steve Labean works with Green Roofing. Just last wee he and a friend were held up at gunpoint less than a block away. “A guy came up in a black ski mask, put a gun to my head, said get the f out of the truck. SO I got out, went through my pickets, stole my money, my driver’s license.” That suspect has never been caught. The neighborhood is on alert and a the police force is gathering clues in an attack on one of their own.

The teen has just been released from the hospital. He’s already been placed into the East Baton Rouge Juvenile Detention Center. At the police department’s request, we’re not releasing the name of the officer until family has been notified.