BRPD officer shot at while in patrol car

Baton Rouge police are searching for three people who shot at and tried to kill a police officer while he was in his patrol car on West McKinley Street Tuesday morning investigating a house break-in, police Sgt. Donald Stone said.

Stone said the three people, who had also just reportedly stolen a car from a home on Van Buren Street, fired shots through the police car’s windshield with a bullet hitting the dashboard.

“If the bullet had hit an inch higher, it would have hit the officer in the chest,” Stone said.

The officer was not hit or injured, Stone said.

The shooting occurred just before 5 a.m., Stone said.

The officer responded to a report of someone trying to enter a home in the 800 block of West McKinley Street near Nicholson Drive, Stone said.

When the police officer arrived to investigate, three people were in a car that flashed its lights at his patrol car, Stone said.

The police officer thought the people in the car were the people who reported the break-in, Stone said. The police officer drove his patrol car up to the front of the car, Stone said.

The three people inside got out of the car and fired shots at the patrol car before running away, Stone said.

Scott oilfield company wins contract

ESP Resources Inc., an oilfield services company based in Scott, has won a contract to supply two units that pump chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing at natural gas wells in Arkansas’ Fayetteville Shale.

The contract is worth about $300,000 a month and will increase ESP’s total revenue by around 30 percent.

The units pump chemicals to treat the fracturing fluid used in wells in shale formations.

ESP sent one of the units out in June to work on 10 wells. The company expects both units will be working full-time starting this month. The units pump treatment chemicals to eliminate the bacteria contamination present in the fluids used in the fracking process.

Car chargers to be unveiled Wednesday

LSU and Entergy Corp. officials Wednesday will unveil two electric vehicle car chargers on campus in what officials have described as the state’s first major foray into the electric vehicle market, a news release says.

A ceremony is set for 10 a.m. in the parking lot across from Patrick F. Taylor Hall on Nicholson Extension. The chargers are located across from Patrick F. Taylor Hall and in the Hart Lot near Kirby Smith.

The chargers, donated to LSU by Entergy, are the first installed at any Louisiana university. The chargers will provide students, faculty and staff with free power for their electric vehicles.

The charging station will also enable university areas, such as the Center for Energy Studies, and Entergy to collect usage data and conduct critical research about the chargers’ impact on consumers and the electric grid.

Red flag represents burn ban

Louisiana Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain said the new red flag flying in front of his department’s headquarters on Florida Boulevard is another way to raise public awareness that a statewide burn ban is in effect.

The flag features the words “Burning Ban” in white letters on a field of red. The stylized image of a flame threatening a tree and a structure are also featured on the flag.

Strain said the statewide burn ban that was put in place on June 1 is still in effect and will likely remain for some time, according to a news release.

“We are in a three-year drought that has made for extremely dry conditions across the state,” Strain said. “LDAF wildland firefighting crews are on 24-hour call and suppressing wildfires on a daily basis.”

Strain said 1,704 wildfires that burned 20,840 acres have already been reported and suppressed through June 30. In comparison, the state forestry office recorded 1,078 fires that burned 10,772 acres through the same period in 2010.

Tuesday will be hot, maybe wet

There will be partly cloudy skies with scattered showers and thunderstorms Tuesday, WBRZ meteorologist Dave Nussbaum says in the station’s daily weather blog.

Some storms could become strong to severe with gusty winds; heavy rain; hail and frequent lightning strikes.

Tuesday will stay hot and humid with high temperatures in the lower 90s.

There could be some storms in the evening hours then maybe a stray one overnight. Otherwise, some clouds will linger overnight with lows in the mid 70s.