One man has died and another was arrested after three robbers entered a house off Blackwater Road on Monday afternoon and the homeowner fought back.
East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks said in a news release Tuesday that one of the suspects, Michael Duchamp, 31, died Tuesday as a result of gunshot injuries sustained when the homeowner fired at him during the attempted robbery.
Anthony Myles, 30, was arrested Tuesday morning and accused of going to the house on Gretna Green Drive along with Duchamp and one other man, and attempting to rob the homeowner, Hicks said. An arrest warrant has been issued for the third suspect, Arthur Rogers, 32, who remains at large.
Hicks said Duchamp, Myles and Rogers went to the house of Duchamp's neighbor on Monday afternoon. The three then got into an altercation with the homeowner and Duchamp allegedly struck the homeowner with an object, deputies said.
The homeowner then shot Duchamp, leaving him with critical injuries.
A nearby Central police officer heard gunfire and responded to the address, witnessing a masked man armed with a gun running away from the house. The man pointed his gun at the officer as he fled, according to the news release.
Deputies responded around 2 p.m. Monday to the house in the 10000 block of Gretna Green Drive and located one man outside the house suffering from head injuries and another inside with gunshot wounds. Both Duchamp and the homeowner were transported to the hospital where Duchamp later died.
Hicks said the homeowner is still in the hospital but is expected to recover.
Detectives found that two men — Myles and Rogers — fled the scene after the altercation. Deputies took Myles into custody on South 15th Street late Monday night, Hicks said. They're still searching for Rogers, of 10666 Scotland Ave., Baton Rouge.
Detectives believe one of the robbers knew about the homeowner's extensive firearms collection.
Myles, 1201 South 15th St., Baton Rouge, was booked Tuesday into Parish Prison on armed robbery, aggravated second-degree battery, aggravated assault on police, public masking and principal to first-degree murder.
Anyone with information about the incident or Rogers' whereabouts is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (225) 389-5000 or CrimeStoppers.