Deputies arrested a Baton Rouge man after he allegedly stole money from his passenger, shot him and pushed him out of his car as they traveled down Hanks Drive on Monday.
Justin Omar Taylor, 29, met with the victim in the 7200 block of Hanks Drive to get the $100 the victim owed him, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office report says.
The victim got into Taylor’s car, and as the two were driving down Hanks Drive, Taylor pulled out a gun and demanded all of the victim’s money, the report says.
Taylor and the victim fought over the gun as the car swerved until Taylor shot the victim and pushed him out of the moving car, the report says. Taylor drove away with more than $200 he had stolen, deputies said.
A driver behind Taylor’s vehicle stopped to help the victim and called 911, at which point the victim told the driver that “JT” shot him, deputies said.
The victim was taken to a hospital where he gave detectives Taylor’s phone number and a description of both Taylor and his car. He added that Taylor was wearing a cast on his right leg, the report says.
Afterward, he underwent emergency surgery for his injuries, according to the report.
Deputies found Taylor based on the victim’s description, but when interviewed, he gave a much different account of events.
Taylor told investigators he had not seen the victim that day, but instead had seen him four days earlier when he, the victim and an unknown person got into an argument in Taylor’s car, the report says.
Taylor said the unknown person and the victim began fighting over the gun, and that it was the unknown person who shot the victim in the leg, the report said. Taylor told deputies the victim then jumped from the car.
During the investigation, deputies learned that Taylor was on probation and prohibited from having a firearm after he was convicted of simple robbery in October 2013.
Taylor was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on counts of attempted first-degree murder, armed robbery, felon in possession of a firearm and speeding.