A Baton Rouge reserve constable and firefighter, kidnapped and robbed at gunpoint early Monday, later became the "hero" in the incident when he shot, wounded and detained his assailant, the Baker police chief said.
Hours after the predawn encounter — which started in Zachary, included visits to several ATMs and ended with the shooting in Baker — 22-year-old Jaylan Franklin was booked into Parish Prison on aggravated kidnapping, armed robbery, and other counts, said East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks.
Franklin was briefly treated for injuries from the gunshot wound and then released from a hospital.
Authorities said Franklin, who was riding a bicycle, first approached the firefighter just before 3:30 a.m. as the victim was leaving his property in the 21000 block of Ligon Road in Zachary, the same block as Franklin's listed address. The firefighter had been completing work on his under-construction home.
Franklin demanded all the firefighter's money, but when he said he had no cash on him, Franklin pulled out a gun and forced him to go to an ATM to take out cash, Hicks said.
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She said Franklin forced the man to drive to several ATM locations to withdraw cash, but Franklin was dissatisfied with the amount of money he received, and directed the firefighter to go back to his home in Baker to get his wife's ATM card.
The firefighter told Franklin to wait outside the home because he had big dogs that would attack, said Baker Police Chief Carl Dunn. Franklin agreed, but warned the firefighter that he would kill him and his family if he didn't return to the vehicle, Hicks said. She said Franklin even asked specifically which windows in the home belonged to the firefighter's son.
Once inside his house, the firefighter told his wife to call police and armed himself, Hicks said. But before police arrived, Franklin entered the home without permission. The firefighter used his own weapon to fire one shot at Franklin, Dunn said.
Hicks said Franklin fell to the ground, injured, and the firefighter was able to physically restrain him before police arrived.
Dunn said Baker police officers arrived at the home on Alba Drive in time to hear the shot fired.
Dunn said the victim is a full-time firefighter in the Hazardous Materials unit for the Baton Rouge Fire Department and a reserve deputy constable.
"To me, he's a lifesaver," Dunn said. "The results could have been terribly different than what they actually are. … My victim seems to be a hero."
Officials declined to identify the firefighter by name. Dunn said no charges are expected to be brought against him.
Franklin, of 21680 Ligon Road, was booked into Parish Prison Monday afternoon on one count each of aggravated kidnapping, armed robbery, aggravated burglary and resisting an officer. He also had two active arrest warrants against him issued by the Zachary Police Department.
According to his arrest report, Franklin told detectives he "made a stupid mistake and robbed the victim of about $1,000 because he was going through a rough time."
Baker police are working with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office because the initial kidnapping and robbing occurred near Zachary, but the shooting occurred in Baker.