Baton Rouge police on Wednesday identified five officers involved in the shooting and wounding of two men Monday in a shopping center parking lot near Acadian Thruway and Perkins Road.
The officers are: Dustin Johnson, with the department for eight years; Doug Chutz Jr., with the department for seven years; Russ Hernandez, with the department for two years; Joshua Barnett, with the department for two years; and Richard Garon, a recent graduate from the academy who is in Field Officer Training, said Cpl. Don Coppola Jr., a Police Department spokesman, in a news release.
The five men are assigned to the Uniform Patrol Bureau, he said.
The pursuit began when a state Department of Public Safety officer attempted to stop a vehicle with only one illuminated headlight at about 11 p.m. The Baton Rouge police officers joined the chase, which eventually led authorities to the Acadian Village shopping center at the corner of Perkins Road and Acadian Thruway.
The fleeing vehicle, a 2006 Mercedes E350, attempted to run over some officers in the shopping center’s parking lot during the chase, Coppola said.
Officers fired multiple shots at the Mercedes, striking both the driver and the passenger. None of the officers involved in the shooting were injured, Coppola said.
Police have not identified the two wounded men, 24 and 27 years old. As of Wednesday afternoon, the two men remained hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.