POSTED: Sunday, August 12, 2012 - 1:00pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 10:42am
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — UPDATE: The Baton Rouge Police Officer involved in Saturday night shooting is Nicholas Collins, 26. Collins is a 4 year veteran and is currently assigned to the Narcotics Division. Collins has been placed on paid administrative leave while an investigation into the shooting is conducted.
ORIGINAL: A traffic stop turned in to a shoot out with a police officer last night.
The Baton Rouge Police Department reports that the incident occurred at roughly 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11. We’re told a patrol officer noticed a vehicle in the 2700 block of Winbourne that was driving in a suspicious manner. We’re told the officer attempted a traffic stop, but the suspect took off running.
The officer chased the suspect to a nearby house. The suspect got away and ran back towards his vehicle. We’re told the suspect pulled out a handgun and began firing at the officer. The officer returned fire and struck the suspect once in the shoulder.
Responding officers arrived and set up a perimeter to locate the now wounded suspect. Once he was located he was transported to a local hospital where he is currently receiving treatment for his injury. Once he is released, he will be booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. Until the suspect is booked and processed, the Baton Rouge Police Department will not list the suspects name or his charges.
Regarding the officer who discharged his weapon, it is customary for the officer involved to be placed on administrative leave and the internal affairs division will conduct a review.
“The officer involved in the shooting has not been officially placed on administrative leave, but it is customary,” Cpl. Tommy Stubbs, Baton Rouge Police Department, explained. “We have an internal affairs division that has a proven success rate of investigating internal issues, so because of that we’re very confident that the system we have is successful.”