Baton Rouge police officer Yuseff Hamadeh, who has been with the department for a year, has been identified as the officer who fatally shot Jordan Frazier after Frazier pointed a gun at him during a traffic stop earlier this week.
Hamadeh shot Frazier, 35, around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday after Frazier got out of the vehicle holding a handgun and later pointed it at him, according to State Police spokesman Senior Trooper Bryan Lee.
Frazier was a passenger in the vehicle stopped by police. Officers pulled over the vehicle after a "vehicle equipment violation," Lee said.
Officer statements said Frazier "immediately exited the passenger side with the gun, began to flee and turned, pointing the gun towards the officer."
The gun was a Ruger .22 caliber semi-automatic long barrel pistol stolen from Ascension Parish, Lee said Friday afternoon.
East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Beau Clark told police that two rounds "traversed from rear to front of the suspect's torso and one struck his leg."
Clark told The Advocate the gunshot wounds were "oblique injuries," which happen often in shootings.
"The projectiles were flying at the same time the defendant was moving," Clark said. "(It's) not just two people facing each other."
There is no police video footage on the traffic stop or shooting because the two officers did not have body cameras and their patrol unit was not outfitted with a dash camera, Lee said.
Baton Rouge Police spokesman Sgt. L'Jean McKneely said the police vehicle did not have a camera because it was one of the many older BRPD vehicles that had previously been taken offline and stripped of its equipment in order to put them in new vehicles.
Though the vehicle was previously out of service, it had to be patched up and put back on the road due to a shortage, McKneely said.
"There is a shortage of vehicles so we had to pull it off the line and put it in service," McKneely said.
The department tries to get new vehicles every three years for uniform patrol officers, but now there are vehicles as old as eight years old on the streets due to the shortage, which McKneely said was only made worse by the August floods.
Jordan Frazier's father, Henry Frazier, said he wanted to wait for more information of the incident, especially video footage, before he commented. If he saw video footage to support officer's statements, he said, he would have accepted that and moved on.
After hearing that there were no cameras on the scene, Henry Frazier called the whole situation "an atrocity" and said he thinks the officer's statements are "skewed."
Frazier, a Vietnam war veteran, said he "backs the blue, the red, white and blue," but pointed out that he, as a taxpayer, bought the bullets officers used in the fatal shooting.
"In 2017 and (with) all of this technology, the only thing we had was live rounds flying one way," said Frazier, regarding the lack of video footage.
East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome issued a statement Friday evening, saying the contract with a bodycam supplier will be finalized by the end of the month in order to equip all officers with the cameras.
"The appropriation has been approved by the Metro Council and no longer will we have to wonder, should such instances occur again — which I hope and pray they do not — what actually happened," the statement said.
Broome added in the statement that she asks all citizens to withhold judgment on the incident until state police finish the investigation.
As Frazier planned his son's funeral Friday, he reflected on the not guilty verdict issued Friday in the case of the Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop last July. A video of the traffic stop and shooting was streamed live online and drew national attention.
"When Philando Castile is being murdered on national TV with a live screen going and the officer is found not guilty, what in the world is going to happen to my son when he is out in the middle of the night being killed?" Frazier asked.
All Frazier says he can do now is bury his son and "put it in the hands of the Lord."
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Jordan Frazier had been out on bail at the time of the shooting, awaiting trial after his arrest in March on a count of possession with intent to distribute MDMA, or ecstasy.
Police say Frazier also had "suspected ecstasy" in his possession Tuesday during the shooting. The pills or tablets appear to be contained in a mint container in a photo released by police Friday.
A non-expiring protective order was issued against Frazier in 2014 on behalf of a woman who is the mother of five of his children. Four of the children were included in the order.
He was convicted of possession of drug paraphernalia in 2008, and in 2014, was convicted on charges of simple criminal damage to property, criminal trespass and aggravated assault, according to court records.