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Update, 3 p.m. Monday, March 26

Louisiana State Police detectives have identified the suspect in Sunday’s officer involved shooting as Marcus White, 25, of Patterson, State Police spokesman Master Trooper Brooks David said in a news release.

 On Sunday, State Police detectives booked White into the St. Mary Parish Jail on counts of attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, resisting an officer, and felon in possession of a firearm, David said.

This remains an active investigation.

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A Patterson police officer shot and injured a driver who attempted to flee during a traffic stop Sunday morning, pointing an AR-15 semi-automatic weapon at the officer, according to State Police. 

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The driver was hospitalized and is expected to survive his injuries, Master Trooper Brooks David said in a news release Sunday.

Patterson Police Chief Patrick LaSalle told KATC-TV that the officer was trying to pull over Marcus White, 25, for speeding on Live Oak Street in Patterson, St. Mary Parish. White refused to stop, crashed into a fence at the intersection of Live Oak and Cleveland streets, and then got out of his vehicle carrying the rifle.

The chief said White ran through a church parking lot during service and then pointed his weapon at the officer in response to demands for him to drop his gun. The officer fired his weapon during the chase, striking White, State Police said.

White still managed to flee after being shot, but officers were finally able to stop him not far from the scene of the crash, LaSalle said.

White could face counts of attempted first-degree murder of an officer and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, as well as several traffic violations, LaSalle said. The officer was not injured and has been placed on paid administrative leave, according to KATC. 

David said State Police were contacted Sunday to investigate the officer-involved shooting, which occurred around 8:30 a.m. The State Police investigation is ongoing. 

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