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One person died Monday night in an officer-involved shooting at The Palms Apartments on McClelland Drive in north Baton Rouge, said Baton Rouge Police spokesman Sgt. L'Jean McKneely.

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS

Update, 7 a.m. Tuesday 

Family members identified the man fatally shot by a Baton Rouge police officer as Calvin Toney. Read the latest here


Original story

A Baton Rouge Police officer fatally shot a man Monday night during a struggle at The Palms Apartments on McClelland Drive, said Louisiana State Police spokesman Master Trooper Bryan Lee.

Lee said the officer was making a courtesy escort with a state Department of Children and Family Services caseworker when a struggle ensued between the man and the officer.

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State Police are not yet identifying the man or the officer involved. Lee did say the officer sustained minor injuries.

Per protocol, State Police are handling the investigation of the shooting, which occurred about 6:30 p.m. in the 5600 block of McClelland Drive in the Brookstown area in north Baton Rouge.

East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III said at the scene that investigators have already reviewed the body camera footage from the officer. He said he wanted to dispel rumors that the man was handcuffed at the time of the shooting.

The struggle lasted "many minutes" and involved a stun gun, Moore said.

Police cordoned off an area within the complex parking lot, and dozens of people gathered outside the crime tape for hours after the shooting. Tensions ran high with several onlookers loudly addressing officers standing near the perimeter.

“One black man down,” a woman yelled hysterically at police. “One black man down. I hope y’all sleep good tonight. … He’s gone. What the f*** y’all investigating?”

More than two hours after the shooting, tension erupted into chants of “back up don’t shoot.”

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The chanting and music from the onlookers continued into the night.

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome issued a written statement late Monday about the shooting: "I am closely monitoring the Baton Rouge Police Department officer-involved shooting that took place tonight. Per protocol, the Louisiana State Police is investigating this case. I am sure that the LSP will demonstrate the highest level of transparency throughout this investigation. I ask that the community withhold judgment on this incident until the LSP concludes its work."

In an interview at the scene, Broome said the city-parish's investment in police body cameras will pay off in added transparency. She also said she has confidence that State Police will demonstrate "the utmost sensitivity in this investigation."

State Rep. C. Denise Marcelle, D-Baton Rouge, was also at the scene and said that "there are a lot of emotions running really high. I'm trying to get people to calm down as best as possible."

Nevertheless, rumors about what happened were flying as police investigated. Residents of the apartment complex reported hearing a single, booming gunshot.

One woman who lives in the complex said the shooting took place about 10 feet from her front door; she saw only the immediate aftermath.

She declined to give her name but identified herself as a complex resident and said she knew the slain man.

She said just after he was shot, the man tried to run from police. He then saw her and told her: “Tell my momma and my auntie that I love them, and I’m sorry.”

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Compiled from staff reports. To contact a crime reporter at The Advocate, email policereporters@theadvocate.com or call (225) 388-0369.