Lafayette man arrested in shoot out with police _lowres

Chase Chaisson

LAFAYETTE — Lafayette police have identified the man accused of shooting a police officer late Thursday at an apartment complex on West Willow Street. The officer, a three-and-a-half-year veteran of the police force, was in stable condition at a local hospital.

The shooting suspect, Chase Chaisson, 23, of Lafayette was also hospitalized with gunshot wounds. Police issued warrents for his arrest on charges of attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, convicted felon in possession of a firearm, second-degree kidnapping and injury to a police K-9. His condition was not specified.

Police arrested Patricka Ledet, 21 of Lafayette, a resident of the apartment where the suspect was found hiding, on counts of principal to attempted first-degree murder and obstruction of justice.

The incident took place around 11:30 p.m. at the Willow Apartments in the 1400 block of West Willow Street.

Investigators say the officer, whose name has not been released, was searching an apartment for a suspect in another shooting that took place Thursday morning near the corner of Eleventh and Orange Streets. According to investigators, the suspect and the officer exchanged gunfire after the officer found the suspect hiding in a closet.

Although he was wounded, the suspect fled to a nearby truck stop on foot. Police say he forced his way into a green pick-up truck and forced the driver of the truck to drive him away from the scene. The suspect led police on a chase down I-10 into Crowley before finally being apprehended.