A Plaquemine police officer shot a man shortly after the man shot and wounded another man, Police Chief Kenny Payne said.
At least two officers responded about 7 p.m. Tuesday to a report of shots fired in the 58700 block of W.W. Harleaux Boulevard, where they found a wounded man. The man identified the shooter, who was standing across the street, Payne said.
The man fled, and officers pursued him into a house on Capt. T.T. Harris Street, Payne said. “He turned and wielded a gun toward the officers,” and one of the officers shot him, he said.
Injuries to both men are not life-threatening, Payne said.
He added that he will not release their identities until he can confirm the information.
Plaquemine resident James Michael was among a number of people milling about at the scene Tuesday night. Michael, who lives near the shooting sites, said he had returned home from work when he “heard gunshots, maybe two, three shots.”
Payne said he has contacted State Police to handle the investigation because his officers were involved, and he will leave the decision on releasing the names of those officers to State Police.
Trooper Bryan Lee said both of the injured men are being treated at a hospital. He said State Police will not release their identities at this time. He also said they are still trying to determine if the man shot by the officer had fired his weapon.