Lafayette Police have released the name of the person arrested Friday evening following a police pursuit that ended at an apartment complex. The officer who fired shots at the suspect, in this case, is now on administrative leave, according to police.
Police say that 28-year-old Patrick Neil Comeaux of Lafayette was arrested on numerous charges including simple burglary, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, aggravated assault with a motor vehicle upon a peace officer.
On Friday, December 7, 2018, officers responded to the 200 block of Meadow Farm Road to the parking lot of a local business in reference to a vehicle burglary in progress. Comeaux’s vehicle was allegedly observed fleeing the parking lot as officers arrived. That vehicle, police say, was recently reported stolen from within the City of Lafayette.
A traffic stop was initiated and Comeaux then allegedly fled from police at a high rate of speed. Officers pursued but called off the chase because of public safety concerns.
Comeaux was then spotted entering Peppertree Apartments located in the 1000 block of Robley Drive. Another traffic stop was initiated but Comeaux then allegedly fled, refusing to stop and accelerated at a high rate of speed in the direction of a police vehicle.
Officials with Lafayette PD say that one officer discharged his firearm in the direction of the suspect vehicle in an effort to stop Comeaux. Police say Comeaux allegedly continued fleeing and accelerated in the direction of another police vehicle, striking that vehicle head-on.
The police officer that fired the shot at the vehicle Comeaux was driving has been placed on Administrative leave with pay.
Comeaux was apprehended following a short foot pursuit. He suffered minor injuries due to the vehicle accident but was not struck by the gunfire.
Comeaux was arrested for the following charges following a medical examination:
- Simple Burglary
- Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
- Aggravated Assault with a Motor Vehicle upon a Peace Officer
- Hit & Run, Resisting an Officer
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon.
He was transported to Lafayette Parish Correctional Center for booking.
The investigation remains on-going and will continue to be investigated by the Lafayette Police Department.