A Lafayette officer responding to a reported suicide attempt Wednesday afternoon shot and injured a man who brandished a handgun, authorities said.
Officers at the scene said the 70-year-old man “produced a handgun” while an officer tried to talk to him inside his bedroom, prompting an officer to shoot him once, according to a news release from the Lafayette Police Department.
The man was in stable condition at an area hospital on Wednesday evening after he was admitted in critical condition earlier in the afternoon, police spokesman Cpl. Paul Mouton said.
As is routine department policy, the officer who fired the shot — and who’s been with the department for 25 years — was placed on paid administrative leave while the department’s own officer-involved shooting team investigates, Mouton said.
Police were seen around 5 p.m. removing the yellow crime-scene tape from around the home’s landscaped front lawn at 201 Colonial Dr., about a half-mile off of West St. Mary Boulevard in the Saint Streets neighborhood.
When two officers responded around 1:10 p.m. to a 911 call “regarding an attempted suicide” at the man’s home, they saw a woman running toward the house and followed her into the man’s bedroom, police said.
Officers removed the woman from the bedroom to speak to the man, and the shooting happened shortly afterward, police said.
The woman was later identified as a family member, although police on Wednesday did not elaborate on either her reasons for being at the home or who made the 911 call.
Besides the woman witnessed arriving at the scene, police did not see anyone in the house, Mouton said.