Suspect shot, officer injured in Rayne
By Howell Dennis
RAYNE – One man was shot and an officer was injured when authorities attempted to execute a search warrant at a residence on Malvern Street in Rayne early Tuesday afternoon.
According to police, the suspect, whose name had not been released as of press time, took off in his vehicle upon seeing the officers, striking an Acadia Parish Sheriff’s deputy. Officers responded with gunfire as the man desperately tried to escape through a nearby cemetery and apparently had his car disabled by a gravesite. Several other gravesites were damaged.
“This case is still very much under investigation,” said Louisiana State Trooper David Anderson. “We’re still very much in the process of collecting evidence and trying to determine exactly what happened here.”
Several angry residents poured onto the street and claimed that the suspect was just sitting in his vehicle when he was shot. However, the injury to the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s deputy makes that version of events somewhat hard to believe.
The truck backed through a ditch and broke through a fence before going into the cemetery.
Police had cordoned off approximately six blocks in the neighborhood so that traffic and onlookers could not contaminate the scene.
As for the complaints of the suspects neighbors, Anderson said that all aspects of the crime will be thoroughly investigated.
“We’re looking at everything,” he said. “Remember this investigation is still very much in its initial stages.”
The injury to the officer was classified as moderate, while the suspect’s condition was unknown as of press time.