A man was booked into jail Tuesday after authorities say he unleashed a "volley of gunfire" at officers, injuring a Baton Rouge police sergeant who was responding to reports of a domestic dispute in which a woman was being beaten Monday evening. 

Clifton Gerard Eames, 24, is accused of firing at Sgt. Ralph Walker, a 22-year veteran of the city's police force, said department spokesman Sgt. L'Jean McKneely Jr. 

Walker was hit in the leg and is recovering at a local hospital. His injuries are not life threatening. 

Eames was booked into Parish Prison on three counts of attempted first-degree murder of a police officer and illegal use of a weapon. 

The incident happened shortly before 8 p.m. Monday at Eames' apartment in the 900 block of Geranium Street, which is near Nicholson Drive.

His arrest report states that police initially responded to reports of "a male beating a female" — the second call about such abuse occurring at that location.

The officers approached the door and "heard the muffled sounds of a female coming from within the apartment," according to the report. Police started knocking loudly and announcing their presence, then kicked down the door but "discovered that a futon style couch was blocking the entry door from fully opening."

"The three officers were able to force open the door and were immediately met by a volley of gunfire," police wrote. "As the three officers fled from in front of the door, a second volley of gunfire erupted. Officers retreated and a standoff ensued."

After firing his gun, Eames tried to run away, but was taken into custody without incident. He later confessed to shooting at the officers, according to the report. 

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