A 28-year-old Baton Rouge man shot several times by a city police officer after fleeing a DWI traffic stop and struggling for the officer’s gun was indicted Wednesday on a host of charges.
An East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury charged Derek Brent Davis with attempted first-degree murder, attempted disarming of a peace officer, and resisting a police officer with force or violence.
Baton Rouge Police Department Officer Matthew Jackson pulled Davis over just after 1 a.m. on Aug. 31 near Glendale and Morning Glory avenues on suspicion that Davis was driving drunk, police have said.
A witness saw that Davis, of 10812 Stanley Aubin Lane, was about to get in a police car after taking sobriety tests when he suddenly took off running toward Morning Glory.
Jackson gave chase, and police said the two got in a confrontation and a struggle for the officer’s gun, after which several shots were fired.
Davis was booked into Parish Prison on various counts after his release from the hospital.
Jackson, who has been on the Baton Rouge police force for five years, was placed on administrative leave after the shooting pending an internal investigation. East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III said Wednesday that Jackson is back at work.
Davis remains in custody in lieu of $46,000 bail, but prosecutor Will Morris said a motion will be filed to increase that bail now that Davis has been indicted on an attempted first-degree murder charge. He was not previously booked on that charge.
Editor’s note: Hillar Moore’s comment in the second-to-last paragraph was changed on Thursday to say that Jackson is back at work.