Man accused of waving gun, shouting slurs

Baton Rouge police arrested a 46-year-old white man Sunday after his black neighbors complained that he waved a pellet gun at them and called them racially derogatory names.

Police arrived in the 800 block of Violet Street shortly before 9 a.m. and talked to the victims who said Kelley Pearsall waved the gun at them while shouting, “I got something for you,” followed by a racial slur, according to the arrest affidavit.

Police contacted Pearsall, who said his home had been burglarized multiple times, and “he is tired of the trouble in the neighborhood,” the affidavit says.

Pearsall admitted to having the gun but said he was only moving it from his vehicle to inside his home, the affidavit says.

He told police where the gun was and it turned out to be a pellet gun made to look like a sniper rifle, the affidavit says.

Pearsall, 857 Violet St., Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of aggravated assault and hate crimes.

Police investigate death of 6-week-old infant

Baton Rouge police are investigating the death of an infant who was found inside a home on Big Bend Avenue early Monday morning, a police spokeswoman said.

The 6-week-old girl was found shortly after midnight, and investigators are trying to determine how she died, police spokeswoman Sgt. Mary Ann Godawa said.

The autopsy for the infant is scheduled for Tuesday, Godawa said.

Intruder shoots sleeping man in thigh

An armed intruder broke into a home Monday morning on Greenwell Street and shot the resident once before the resident armed himself and returned fire, police said.

Baton Rouge police were called to the home at 11:20 a.m. and the 22-year-old victim said he was sleeping when someone broke in through a rear window, walked into his bedroom and shot him once in the left thigh with a handgun, police spokesman Cpl. Don Coppola Jr., said.

The resident said he grabbed a gun and fired back as the intruder fled the home, Coppola said.

Police are not sure if the intruder was wounded or if he fired more shots at the resident, Coppola said.

The injury to the resident is not considered life-threatening, Coppola said.

The investigation is ongoing and police are asking anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.