Baton Rouge police: Man fires gun at six people, including girlfriend, later kidnaps her at gunpoint _lowres

Shawn Matthews

A Baton Rouge man was arrested Wednesday after he shot at six people, including his girlfriend, outside an Elmer Avenue house and then later returned and kidnapped her at gunpoint, police said.

Six people told Baton Rouge police they were at a house at 630 Elmer Ave., about 7:30 p.m. with Shawn A. Matthews, 44, when he got into a fight with his girlfriend, a police report says.

The victims said Matthews punched his girlfriend in the face and then got in his blue Ford F-150 and drove away, according to the report. A short time later, he returned, driving across a vacant lot outside the house, and fired several rounds at the victims. While shooting, his handgun jammed, and he left again, victims told police.

Later, Matthews returned to the same house, pulled into the lot, got out of his truck and put the handgun to his girlfriend’s head, threatening to shoot her and kill everyone else if she did not come with him, the report says.

Matthews led his girlfriend to his truck and drove off with her inside, police said.

While police investigated the scene, family members at the house received several calls from her, and she said Matthews was driving down Avenue I.

Detectives spotted Matthews on Avenue I as he ran two stop signs driving at a high speed, the report says. Matthews then pulled up to a house at 9900 Avenue I and was taken into custody without incident.

Investigators said Matthews smelled like alcohol and told officers he had consumed between six and eight 16-ounce beers, though he would not submit to a breath-alcohol test.

Matthews, 10115 Avenue D, was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison Wednesday night on counts of kidnapping, attempted first-degree murder, assault by drive-by shooting, felon in possession of a firearm, battery domestic abuse, first-offense DWI and reckless operation.