Baton Rouge Police arrest man in shooting death of 14-year-old boy _lowres

Advocate file photo by Annie Ourso -- Carson Thomas is escorted by detective Cpl. Logan Collins to a vehicle outside the Violent Crimes Unit at State Police headquarters before being transported in December 2015 to Parish Prison.

Police arrested a Baton Rouge man Monday in the slaying of a 14-year-old boy who was shot Friday while he was a passenger in a car in the northern part of the city.

Carson Thomas, 20, of 4423 Lake Sherwood Ave., was booked into Parish Prison on a count of first-degree murder in the death of Desmond Bryant, who died Sunday night, said police spokesman Cpl. Don Coppola.

Bryant was riding in a car in the 1800 block of North 17th Street when shots were fired into the car, wounding both Bryant and the 20-year-old driver, police said.

Bryant suffered gunshot wounds to the head and chest. He died Sunday around 8 p.m. as a result of his injuries, Coppola said.

The driver of the car is expected to recover from his injuries, Coppola said.

Thomas was escorted to a vehicle Monday night outside the Violent Crimes Unit at State Police headquarters before being transported to Parish Prison.

A reporter asked Thomas if he had anything to say, to which he responded, “Innocent.”

The shooting is still under investigation, Coppola said.