Baton Rouge Police Department's Special Response Team rolled onto a residential street Thursday afternoon where a shooting resulted in a man being critically injured.
Police spokesman Sgt. Don Coppola Jr. said the shooting happened around 3 p.m. in the 6200 block of Byron Avenue, which is near the intersection with East Brookstown Drive. Emergency Medical Services transported the victim, whose name has not yet been released, to a hospital.
Investigators blocked off the area with multiple barriers of crime scene tape that surrounded more than a dozen homes between two blocks. Then just before 5 p.m., an armored Special Response Team vehicle, an ambulance and an unmarked pickup truck rolled under the tape and the officers hopped out, guns raised, to check two homes.
As the officers approached the first home, some residents who had gathered outside the tape began to yell and protest the search. One man, who later identified himself as a relative of the home's resident, tried to duck under the crime scene tape toward the house before an officer stopped him and another resident chided him for the move.
A number of residents pulled out their cellphones to take live videos of the policet. One man yelled about Trayvon Martin, who was fatally shot in 2012 by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida, before a Uniform Patrol officer pivoted towards him and turned on his body-worn camera.
While the officers were checking a second home down the block, Coppola alerted The Advocate that investigators had a "subject in custody," but it did not appear that the detainment was a result of the home searches. Further details on that were not available Thursday evening.
It was unclear as of deadline Thursday why this crime spurred this type of police response.
A woman on the scene identified the victim as her son, but said she didn’t know what happened or the extent of his injuries. She buckled two of her grandchildren into her car and left the residential area while police searched for answers.
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