A Baton Rouge man was injured in a shootout with deputies in St. James Parish early Sunday morning, the St. James Sheriff’s Office said.
Ron Christopher Youngblood, 45, is in “guarded condition” at a hospital after he was shot once by a deputy, St. James Parish Sheriff Willy Martin Jr. said in a news release Sunday.
Youngblood allegedly initiated the gunfight with two deputies — causing one to take cover behind a patrol car, the other behind a tree — after the two responded to reports of a man walking up and down Legion Street in Convent carrying a gun at around 1 a.m., according to the news release.
The deputies were not injured, according to the release.
Youngblood was one of four men approached by officers. When deputies walked up to Youngblood after he was shot, another gunman opened fire from a different location, according to the release. The shooter then fled. The two deputies again were not injured.
Four men, including Youngblood, 455 Fountainbleau Drive, Baton Rouge, were arrested.
Authorities didn’t immediately respond to questions about the identities of the other three arrested.
The investigation is being conducted by the Louisiana State Police, and more charges are expected, according to the release.