Baton Rouge police arrested an 18-year-old in the killing of a Tennessee truck driver they believe was robbed then fatally shot Tuesday morning as he fixed a tire in a shopping center on Florida Boulevard.
Police have arrested Landry Carter, 18, of 11726 Tams Drive, in the slaying of Keith Odom. Carter also is accused of three recent armed robberies in Baton Rouge.
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Sgt. L'Jean McKneely Jr., a police spokesman, said a warrant for Carter's arrest was issued Tuesday. Carter surrendered with family on Wednesday, but McKneely would not say if he confessed to the killing.
Carter will be booked on first-degree murder and armed robbery in the slaying of Odom at 12222 Florida Blvd., McKneely said.
Carter is also being booked on three counts of armed robbery: of the Family Dollar, 12132 Florida Blvd., on June 11 and of the Dollar General, 191 Little John, on June 14 and July 3, McKneely said.
There may have been others involved in the shooting of Odom or who helped Carter with the robberies, McKneely said, adding that police are still looking for additional witnesses.
Odom, 49, of Jonesborough, Tennessee, was shot about 8 a.m. Tuesday while repairing a tire on his 18-wheeler in the Longbow shopping center, police have said.
A Tennessee truck driver repairing a tire on his 18-wheeler Tuesday while waiting to offload…
Odom, a lifelong truck-driver who loved his job, was waiting to offload a delivery to Barton's Surplus Warehouse when someone robbed and then shot him.
Odom died later in a hospital, police have said.
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McKneely called Odom a hardworking man who did everything he should have during the armed robbery.
"If anybody comes up to you asking for your belongings, give it to them without any fight or any problem because we don't want anything to escalate or you be harmed," McKneely said. "In this particular situation (Odom) gave his personal belongings to this individual and he fired upon (Odom), striking him in the midsection.
"It's an unfortunate thing that has occurred and we have remorse for the family of the victim and we also have remorse for the family of the suspect because everybody loses in this situation," McKneely added.
The arrest is a result of a coordinated investigation by the Baton Rouge Police Homicide Division, Armed Robbery Division and Uniform Patrol and the Louisiana State Police Fugitive Task Force, McKneely said.