Baton Rouge police officer Shane Totty

Baton Rouge police officer Shane Totty

Baton Rouge police officer Shane Totty, who was shot by a mentally ill man this past Sunday, was released from Our Lady of the Lake Hospital on Friday, BRPD said.

[Editor's note: On Friday, Feb. 1, Totty died after a motorcyle accident in a funeral procession.]

Totty is expected to make a full recovery.

Totty was struck in the face with a bullet, shrapnel and glass, police spokesman Sgt. Don Coppola Jr. said. Police initially believed Totty was struck only by debris, but Coppola clarified Tuesday that after further investigation they discovered he also had been hit by a bullet.

Police said Eugene Thomas Jr., 34, first shot at three of his family members and at a family friend Sunday night on Thomas H. Delpit Drive and then drove off. When Totty found Thomas in the 900 block of Lettsworth about 11 p.m., Thomas fired numerous rounds at the police unit, hitting the windshield and driver's door, police said.

Another officer followed Thomas as he left the scene and, after a brief chase, Thomas stopped in the dead end of West Harding Street and surrendered, Coppola said.

The gun Thomas used Sunday was previously reported stolen, but it was not immediately clear where it was stolen from or when, Coppola said. Additional charges may follow, he said.

Totty, who joined the Baton Rouge Police Department in June 2014, is assigned to the Uniform Patrol Bureau. He has been placed on paid administrative leave per departmental policy, Coppola said.