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Apr 22, 2014 5:14 PM by Dave Fields

Lafayette man arrested for 13 counts of attempted murder after high-speed chase

Lafayette Police Department (LPD) arrested a Lafayette man on 13 counts of attempted murder after he led officers on early morning chase that ended in Calcasieu Parish.

The incident began for LPD when officers responded to a 3:15 a.m. call Tuesday morning to a residence in the 500 block of Orchid Dr., where officers report that Kevin Alexander, 37, of Lafayette shot a gun into the home. None of the 13 people inside were injured, but police say that one of the occupants of the home is an estranged girlfriend of the suspect.

Although LPD initiated pursuit, it was Louisiana State Police, assisted by numerous other agencies, who led the chase of Alexander on I-10 West until his eventual apprehension in Calcasieu Parish near mile marker 43.

In addition to the 13 counts of attempted murder, Alexander also was charged with aggravated flight of an officer. Alexander initially was booked as a fugitive in Calcasieu Parish, but then was transported to Lafayette Parish Correctional Center.

He was booked into the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office then later transferred to the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office where he was charged with 13 counts of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated flight from an officer.

Reports have have linked Kevin Alexander to the 2004 settlement of a lawsuit against Lafayette Parish for allegedly using excessive force of a stun-gun, but LPD spokesperson Cpl. Paul Mouton was unable to confirm the report.

"That sounds familiar, but I couldn't confirm that right now," said Mouton.

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