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LPD: Suspect arrested after dragging officer with vehicle

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Posted at 11:32 AM, Aug 14, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-14 14:41:34-04

According to Sgt. Robin Green of the Lafayette Police Department, a suspect has been arrested following an early morning incident involving an officer.

A press release sent to KATC said, officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle driving recklessly in the 400 block of Jefferson street around 1:20a.m. The driver of the vehicle refused to stop and officers tried to block the vehicle.

The driver attempted to drive away in reverse and ran over an officer, dragging the officer approximately 100 feet.

Police said, several rounds were fired in an attempt to stop the vehicle.The suspect was taken into custody and no one was hit by the fired rounds.

The officer who was run over by the suspects vehicle was transported to a local hospital where he was listed in critical condition. The officer is said to be considered stable according to the last update received.

The suspect, identified as 24-year-old Jaylin Chavis of Lake Charles, has been booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on the following:

Attempted first degree murder
Reckless operation of a vehicle
Resisting an officer with force/violence
OWI (first offense)

Police continue to investigate and information will be updated as it becomes available.