POSTED: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 1:43pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 8:27am
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — The suspect who allegedly fired a gun at a Baton Rouge Police Officer after a traffic stop was booked into Parish Prison today.
The Baton Rouge Police Department reports that Melvin Trosclair, 33, of Baton Rouge was booked for Attempted First-Degree Murder of a Police Officer, Illegal Use of a Dangerous Weapon, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, and Resisting Arrest.
Troclair is accused of firing several shots at the officer on Saturday, Aug. 11 at roughly 11:00 p.m.
The incident began after the officer, Nicholas Collins, 26, attempted a traffic stop. Reports say that Trosclair was allegedly driving in a “suspicious manner.” At some point Trosclair exited his vehicle and attempted to flee on foot. Collins pursued and tracked Trosclair to a nearby house.
“The driver exited the vehicle and ran, the officer gave chase and caught the driver,” states the affidavit of arrest. “A struggle ensued and the driver was tased. He then broke away from the officer and attempted to run back to his vehicle, at which time the suspect was tackled by the officer, another struggle ensued.
The affidavit says that Trosclair then produced a weapon and fired at Collins as he was on the ground. Trosclair then attempted to run and fired another shot at the officer. Collins reportedly fired back several times and chased Trosclair. A K-9 was then used to locate and apprehend Trocslair several blocks away from where the incident began.
After being apprehended Trosclair was taken to a local hospital for his wounds.
BRPD reports that the gun Trosclair allegedly used to fire at Officer Collins was reported stolen in 1999.
Officer Collins, who has been with BRPD for four years and is currently in the Narcotics division, was placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure anytime an officer discharges his weapon.