Pierre Part man shoots, kills girlfriend

PIERRE PART – A man shot and killed his girlfriend Wednesday morning while the woman was holding the couple’s 7-month old baby, Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack said.

Waguespack said the baby was not harmed.

The man, who tried to kill himself, has two gunshot wounds, one to the face and another to his chest, Waguespack said.

The man has been taken to a Baton Rouge area hospital where he is in critical condition, Waguespack said.

The man had been living with his girlfriend for the past two months at her parents’ house on Tut Street off La. 70, Waguespack said.

He said the woman’s mother called deputies about 7:40 a.m. Wednesday saying that her daughter had been shot and that the mother was afraid her daughter’s 7-month-old baby was injured in the shooting.

The sheriff did not release names or ages at this time, pending the investigation.

Three booked for shooting at police officer

Baton Rouge Police arrested a 25-year-old man and two teenagers late Tuesday night accused of shooting at a police officer at the scene of an attempted break-in Tuesday, Police Sgt. Don Stone said in a Wednesday news release.

Homicide detectives arrested Abraham Washington, 1141 West Grant St. and two juveniles, ages 14 and 15, and booked them all with attempted first-degree murder of a police officer and simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling, Stone said in the release.

Stone said the 15-year-old is the suspected shooter.

Information gathered during the investigation and evidence collected from the scene led to the arrest of the three suspects involved, Stone said.

Police believe that all three suspects worked together in committing the burglary at a home on Van Buren Street where the car was stolen, Stone said.

Police also believe that all three were together in the stolen car just before the shooting occurred around 5 a.m. on West McKinley Street.

The men fired at least two shots at a police car with a police officer sitting behind the wheel, Stone said Tuesday.

One of the bullets pierced the windshield of the officer’s car and hit the dashboard in front of where he was sitting, Stone said. The officer, who was wearing a bullet-proof vest, was not injured.

Edwards is a free man

Edwin Edwards has ended his home detention and soon will be attending public events, nearly nine years after heading to prison for a corruption conviction, The Associated Press reported Wednesday.

In a Wednesday morning Facebook posting, Edwards’ fiancé, Trina Grimes Scott, says the four-term former governor has signed forms officially ending his six-month home detention and allowing him to begin a series of planned public appearances around Louisiana.

His return to freedom, however, was understated — not marked with the flash and cunning commentary for which the former governor has long been known. The paperwork was signed in private and Edwards made no immediate public statement about the milestone.

The charismatic and popular politician is embarking on a book tour in about a week. He’s in talks for a reality TV show. He’s making plans for a third wedding. And he’s having an 84th birthday party in the French Quarter on July 30.

Edwards served eight years in prison for a bribery and extortion scheme to rig riverboat casino licenses. He began home incarceration in January. He’ll be on probation for three years.

Two arrested in BR shootings

Baton Rouge police arrested two men Tuesday accused of shooting at a man three times following an argument between the three men, according to the arrests affidavits.

Christian Campbell, 23, 18274 Magnolia Drive, Prairieville, and Gregory Bindon, 24, 2888 Doughtery Drive, Apt. 113, were both booked Tuesday with attempted second-degree murder and criminal damage to property, according to the affidavits.

According to the affidavits, the argument between Campbell and Bindon and the victim occurred at the victim’s home.

The affidavits did not state the address of where the shootings took place.

When the victim told Bindon and Campbell to leave his home, the two men stopped in the middle of the street and Campbell pulled out a gun and shot three times at the victim, according to the affidavits.

One of the bullets hit a nearby vehicle in the door.

Bindon and Campbell then ran away to the King Court apartments where they were later found by police.

Bindon and Campbell were then booked into Parish Prison.

Sun, rain mix for Wednesday

Wednesday’s forecast will include a mix of sun and clouds with scattered showers and thunderstorms, WBRZ meteorologist Dave Nussbaum says in the station’s daily weather blog.

High temperatures will be in the lower to mid 90s.

The storms will continue into the evening hours before they dissipate around sunset.

Wednesday night will be partly cloudy and warm with temperatures in the lower 70s.