LAFAYETTE — A Lafayette police officer remained in stable condition at an area hospital Friday following a shoot out Thursday night in an apartment on Willow Street.
The man said to have shot him, Chase Chaisson, 23, of Lafayette, is also hospitalized with gunshot wounds sustained during the exchange, police said.
When Chaisson is released from the hospital, authorities plan to book him on counts of attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, felon in possession of a firearm, second-degree kidnapping and injury to a police dog, according to the police department.
Police went to Willow Park Apartments about 11 p.m. Thursday looking for Chaisson, a suspect in a suspicious gunfire incident Thursday morning at 11th and Orange streets, Lafayette Police spokesman Cpl. Paul Mouton said.
Mouton said officers were searching an apartment at the complex when they found Chaisson hiding in a closet.
It was not clear on Friday who fired the first shot or how many shots were fired, Mouton said, but both Chaisson and an officer were struck.
Chaisson then jumped out of a window and ran to a nearby gas station, where he forced his way into a truck and made the driver pull away, Mouton said.
“Officers were dispatched to the area and observed a truck exiting the parking lot with the headlights off and a person in the passenger seat attempting to avoid detection,” Mouton said.
Police caught up with the vehicle and captured Chaisson on Interstate 10 in Acadia Parish with the help of State Police, the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office and Crowley Police.
Mouton said a police dog was injured when officers released dogs in an effort to subdue Chaisson.
The driver of the truck was not injured, Mouton said.
A resident at the apartment where Chaisson was hiding — 21-year-old Patricka Ledet, of Lafayette — was booked on principal to attempted first-degree murder and obstruction of justice.
She was being held Friday in the Lafayette Parish Correction Center in lieu of $52,500 bail.
Police have not identified the wounded officer, but Mouton said the officer is a 3½ -year veteran of the police department.
The incident is being investigated by the department’s Officer Involved Shooting Team.
Chaisson has prior drug convictions, court records show, and was in a court-monitored treatment program until earlier this year, when a judge issued a warrant for his arrest after he failed to a make a court appearance in March.