Lafayette police shot and wounded one man and are searching for a second after a traffic stop following a domestic violence complaint escalated into a shootout with officers near the 200 block of East Spring Street on Saturday night.
Two police officers spotted 23-year-old Davieontray Breaux climbing into a white four-door vehicle with three other men, Lafayette Police spokesman Cpl. Paul Mouton said in a news release Sunday. Officers were looking for Breaux after his girlfriend several hours earlier had filed a complaint accusing him of battery.
As the officers attempted a traffic stop, Breaux and another man, both sitting in the back seat, stepped out of the vehicle, pulled out handguns and began shooting at the officers’ patrol car before fleeing on foot, Mouton said.
The two officers took cover behind their patrol unit, which was hit eight times by gunfire, and returned fire, Mouton said. Other officers arrived and helped detain the other people in the vehicle and began to search the area, looking for the shooters, Mouton said.
One of the gunmen, identified as 24-year-old Tyrone D. Wardlow, of Lafayette, was found hiding nearby with a gunshot wound in his leg, Mouton said. He was treated at a hospital and booked into jail on two counts of attempted first-degree murder.
Breaux managed to escape and is now wanted on an warrant for two counts of attempted first-degree murder.
Lafayette police searched a house at 220 E. Spring St., where both of the men were seen leaving, Mouton said. The search turned up narcotics and led to the arrest of several others, Mouton said.
Both officers involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave per departmental policy, Mouton said. The case has been turned over to the State Police.
Anyone with information about Breaux’s whereabouts may call Crime Stoppers at (337) 232-8477.