Inmate being transported to Baton Rouge shot dead after allegedly attacking officers

ST. FRANCISVILLE — An inmate, who was being transported from Catahoula Parish to East Baton Rouge Parish was shot and killed near St. Francisville on Wednesday morning, according to sources.

Sources confirm to UWK a prison van was transporting two inmates around 7:30 a.m. on May 1 for a court appearance in Baton Rouge. That’s because the Catahoula Correctional Center in Harrisonburg, northwest of Alexandria, houses inmates for various parishes throughout the state.

An inmate was shot in West Feliciana Parish while being transported from Catahoula Parish to Baton Rouge
Scene: An inmate was shot in West Feliciana Parish while being transported from Catahoula Parish to Baton Rouge

There were two Catahoula Correctional Center officers in the van. Sources tell UWK that as the van approached the Louisiana/Mississippi state line on Hwy. 61 in West Feliciana Parish, one of the inmates told the officers he was having a medical issue, possibly a seizure.

The driver pulled over into a nearby truck stop’s parking lot. As the officers went around to the back of the van to check on the inmate and opened the doors, he allegedly “barged” at the officers. Sources added the inmate did have shackles on his feet but was somehow able to get out of his zip ties on his hands.

The inmate then attempted to grab an officer’s gun but due to the gun being locked in his holster, the inmate was able to get the gun and holster. That’s when he allegedly started beating an officer with the holster and gun. The inmate eventually tossed the gun and attempted to get in the driver seat of the prison van. At this time, the officer retrieved his own gun and allegedly fired at the inmate a few times. The inmate died on the scene.

The officer was injured and transported for his injuries.

The other inmate was not involved, according to sources.

The West Feliciana Sheriff’s Office has officially requested the Louisiana State Police to take over the inmate shot investigation. As soon as more details are released, the article will be updated.

This is a developing story. Check back often for new information.

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