A 35-year-old father of nine was killed late Tuesday by a Baton Rouge police officer after he got out of a vehicle holding a handgun during a traffic stop, according to authorities.
Jordan Frazier was fatally shot around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday on South Acadian Thruway near Broussard Street, according to State Police spokesman Trooper 1st Class Bryan Lee and East Baton Rouge Coroner Beau Clark. He died at the scene from multiple gunshot wounds, Clark said.
No officers were injured in the shooting, Lee said.
Frazier was a passenger in the vehicle stopped by police, Lee said. State Police and Baton Rouge police would not say Wednesday why the officer stopped the vehicle.
The driver of that vehicle was not cited with a traffic violation or arrested as of Wednesday evening, said Baton Rouge police spokesman Sgt. Don Coppola; however, he said that could change pending further investigation.
A Baton Rouge Police officer fatally shot an armed passenger following a traffic stop late T…
State Police were contacted to investigate the officer-involved shooting as is protocol for such an incident. Lee would not disclose if Frazier fired his weapon.
Coppola and Lee would not say whether body cameras or dash cameras had recorded the incident. Lee said if there was any video footage, it would be a part of the agency's ongoing investigation.
Neighbor Morgan Fontenot, who lives about a block from where the shooting occurred, said she heard about six rapid shots from her apartment around the time of the shooting.
Frazier' father, Henry Frazier, said Wednesday afternoon he is still trying to understand the details of his youngest son's death.
"We don't have anything. We're basically trying to figure out what's going on ourselves," Henry Frazier said at his home in Zachary. "We want to get a handle on this."
Henry Frazier said he and his wife plan to release a statement after they have learned more details about the incident.
The family's Zachary address is listed on Jordan Frazier's court documents, but Henry Frazier said his son has not lived there since shortly after his high school graduation. He said his son, who has seven children, went to Southern University for some time.
"No matter how well you prepare for something like this, you never can prepare for your children (to die)," Henry Frazier said.
Jordan Frazier had been out on bail at the time of the officer-involved shooting, awaiting court proceedings for a charge of possession with intent to distribute MDMA, or ecstasy, following a March arrest.
A non-expiring protective order was issued against Jordan Frazier in 2014 on behalf of a woman who is the mother of five of his children. Four of those children are included in the order. In at least one of his court records, "Cake" is listed as an alias for Jordan Frazier.
He was convicted of possession of drug paraphernalia in 2008, and in 2014, he was convicted on charges of simple criminal damage to property, criminal trespass and aggravated assault, according to court records.
His father wouldn't comment on his son's involvement with guns or crime, but explained how he was raised.
"As a child, he had a healthy respect, because he did not have an absentee father," Henry Frazier said.
Editors note: This story was updated in June 2018, after the family clarified that Jordan Frazier had seven children, not nine.