POSTED: Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 11:30am
UPDATED: Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 11:34am
ST. LANDRY PARISH, LA — Louisiana State Police detectives were requested to investigate an officer involved shooting by the St. Landry Sheriffs Office.
On May 23, at 11:54 a.m., a St. Landry Parish Sheriffs Deputy conducted a traffic stop on a 2003 Honda Odyssey van on I-49 northbound at LA 29 for following too close. The driver of the vehicle, Charles Martin, 61, of Oberlin, pulled into the parking lot of a gas station and stopped. Martin exited his vehicle and produced a firearm.
Gunfire was exchanged between the deputy and Martin. After the exchange of gunfire, Martin and a passenger were taken into custody.
No one was injured during the exchange of gunfire.
Martin was taken into custody and booked at the St. Landry Parish Jail for Attempted First-Degree Murder of a Police Officer.
The passenger in the vehicle was questioned and released.
This case remains under investigation.