Authorities arrested a 25-year-old man and two juveniles late Tuesday on counts of the attempted murder of a police officer in the 800 block of West McKinley Street.
One of the juveniles, a 15-year-old boy, is the suspected shooter, police spokesman Sgt. Don Stone said Wednesday.
The teenager, whose name was not released because of his age, was being monitored by a parole officer via an electronic security device at the time of his arrest, Stone said.
For what crime the youth was on parole was not released.
The other juvenile arrested in Tuesday’s attempted shooting is 14, Stone said.
The adult is Abraham Washington, Stone said.
Washington, 1141 West Grant St., was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on one count each of attempted first-degree murder of a police officer and burglary of an inhabited dwelling. The juveniles were booked into the parish’s juvenile detention facility on the same counts.
The trio could face additional burglary counts, Stone said. Investigators suspect Washington and the juveniles were involved in several other burglaries in the area near where the attempted shooting occurred, Stone said.
At the time of Washington’s arrest, he was wanted in two burglaries of homes on West Roosevelt and Iowa streets, arrest warrants show. In both cases, Washington had an accomplice, the warrants say.
East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore said the 15-year-old arrested in Tuesday’s attempted shooting of a police officer might end up in Parish Prison.
“Based on the information I have at the present time, we more than likely will file adult criminal charges against the alleged shooter,” Moore said.
The teenager fired at least two shots at a 31-year-old police officer when the officer pulled up to the scene of an attempted break-in at 860 W. McKinley Street, Stone said.
One of the bullets pierced the front windshield of the officer’s patrol unit and hit the dashboard in front of where the officer was sitting, missing his chest by an inch, Stone said.
The attempted shooting occurred just before 5 a.m. Tuesday, Stone said. Earlier that morning, Washington and the juveniles burglarized a home at 706 Van Buren St., Stone said.
Among other things, Washington and the juveniles stole the homeowner’s car and backed it out of the garage without opening the garage door, damaging both the door and the car, Stone said.
Evidence collected at both crime scenes led to the arrest of Washington and the juveniles, Stone said. One key piece of evidence, however, is still missing, he said.
Investigators have not found the gun the 15-year-old fired at the police officer on West McKinley Street, Stone said.
Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 to people who provide information assisting in the recovery of the gun and the indictment of Washington and the juveniles, Stone said. Anyone with information can contact the organization at (225) 344-7867.
Concetta Delouise, who lives in the house on Van Buren that was burglarized, said she is relieved that police made an arrest in her break-in and the attempted shooting of the police officer.
“I was so lucky,” said Delouise, who was asleep in her bedroom when the break-in occurred. “God wasn’t ready for me yet.”
Delouise, 85, added that she was shocked when she found out the age of the people who allegedly broke into her home and stole her car, credit cards and other items.
“I couldn’t believe it,” she sad. “What is this world coming to?”
Moore said juveniles often times commit some of the most heinous crimes because their sense of right and wrong is not as developed as adults.
“We see this a lot,” Moore said. “That’s why efforts such as the one to combat truancy are so important.”
Parental involvement also is key, Stone said.
“Most responsible parents would know where their children are at 4 a.m.,” he said. “This child (the 15-year-old arrested Tuesday) was out with a loaded weapon burglarizing homes and shooting at police.”