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State Police investigating officer-involved shooting in Lake Charles

Suspect injured, no officers hurt
Posted at 10:08 PM, Apr 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-29 23:08:15-04

Louisiana State Police are assisting the Lake Charles Police Department to investigate a shooting incident involving their officers.

A preliminary investigation revealed LCPD officers conducted a traffic stop on Tulip Street near 5th Avenue in an attempt to apprehend 22-year-old Branden Roberts of Lake Charles. Roberts was wanted for two counts of attempted homicide.

During the course of the traffic stop, police say Roberts exited the vehicle from the passenger sided and discharged a firearm towards the officers. As Roberts attempted to flee the scene on foot, he confronted additional responding officers resulting in at least one LCPD officer discharging his firearm.

Roberts was struck by gunfire and transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of his injuries. Upon release, he will be booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. No other injuries were reported.

The investigation is active and ongoing. Charges are pending.

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