A Baton Rouge man caught burglarizing a Broadmoor neighborhood house on Friday was confronted and fatally shot by a resident of the home, Baton Rouge police said.
The resident, a 46-year-old man, was alone inside the Woodhaven Street home about noon Friday when he heard a commotion in a back room of the house. Alarmed, he armed himself and soon found 36-year-old James Boyette ransacking one of the bedrooms, said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a police spokesman.
During the confrontation, the resident shot Boyette multiple times in the upper torso, McKneely said.
Emergency responders took Boyette to a hospital, where he later died. Attempts to reach Boyette’s relatives were unsuccessful.
People seen leaving the home, in the 900 block of Woodhaven Street, declined to speak with reporters Friday afternoon.
The shooting remains under investigation.
Police said Boyette lived at 10425 Mollylea Drive, which is also in the Broadmoor neighborhood.
The Woodhaven Street home where the shooting occurred is about a block away from Broadmoor High School. It’s also close to the home of the president of the Broadmoor Residents Association, where police cars can frequently be seen checking in for extra-duty patrol details.
“This is not really a neighborhood to mess with,” said Pete Dawson, a neighborhood resident.
Dawson said he was home with his wife and young children Friday when several family members heard tires screeching. Police cars soon drove past their home on the way to the shooting.
Dawson said he never heard any gunshots. He learned about the shooting only after speaking to some people outside his home.
Randall Thompson, another neighborhood resident, wasn’t home at the time of the shooting but said whoever shot the trespasser was “taking care of business.”
“A man has a right to defend his property,” Thompson said — a right he promised to exercise against anyone who tries to break into his home.
“They’ve got to get through the dogs first,” Thompson said. “And then they’re going to get shot.”
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