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Suspect arrested following shots fired at Lafayette apartment complex

Posted at 4:30 PM, Dec 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-08 02:36:36-05

UPDATE: A male suspect is in custody after leading police on a high-speed chase in a stolen vehicle, ending later at a Lafayette apartment complex.

Police say the suspect stole the vehicle from a business on Meadow Farm Drive earlier in the evening.

Officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but a high-speed chase pursued.

Later, officers stopped the chase due to a concern for public safety.

Police then located the stolen vehicle at the Peppertree Apartments on Robley Drive where the suspect allegedly tried to ram the vehicle into a police unit.

According to a police spokeswoman, an officer then fired a shot but did not shoot the suspect.

The suspect then allegedly rammed the vehicle into another police unit.

“The suspect used his vehicle, accelerated at a high rate of speed in the direction of a police unit and attempted to hit him head-on. The officer did discharge his firearm in the direction of the suspect. The suspect continued to travel in the vehicle and, again, went in the direction of another police unit and actually struck that vehicle head-on,” Corporal Bridgette Dugas said.

Subsequently, he exited the vehicle and fled, police say.

Officers caught up with the suspect and arrested him.

The suspect was taken to the hospital for minor injuries and will be booked into jail upon his release.

His identity has not yet been released.

No officers were injured.

Ashley Eucker, a resident at the complex, says she came home to the commotion, but she still feels safe at her home.

“It’s a little uneasy, seeing that it’s right here where I’m living, but at the same time, I’m like, I’m on the other side, so it’s kind of safer. But, it cant happen anywhere,” Euker said.

The complex sent residents a text message, warning them of what took place and letting them know the parking lots would be reopened Saturday.