Plaquemine police car shot at in BR’s latest interstate shooting

A Plaquemine police officer was shot at while in his unit on I-10 eastbound near the 110 split Wednesday night while driving through Baton Rouge.

Plaquemine Police Chief Kenny Payne confirmed one of his officers was driving home around 7:45pm when he heard two gunshots hit his car.

Chief Payne said the officer exited off the interstate and found the bullets grazed the police car behind the driver’s side passenger door. 

The officer was not struck by either of the bullets. Chief Payne added the officer called Baton Rouge Police to report the incident.

“25 minutes for an officer to respond to an officer shot at? That’s crazy. I could have responded faster from Plaquemine” said Chief Kenny Payne. That however is due to the shortage of 100+ officers at BRPD as well as not enough officers per shift.

That officer is a Marine who has served and remains in the reserves. Chief Payne said the officer told him, “I’ve served overseas and I know what a bullet sounds like.” 

This is the second Interstate 10 shooting in Baton Rouge in less than a week. Last Thursday around 10pm, a 17-yr-old young man was hit by a bullet when he was driving near the Bluebonnet exit and someone shot at his vehicle.

This shooting is one of five so far since Monday this week and comes on the heels of East Baton Rouge Coroner Beau Clark saying the number of homicides in the parish has now surpassed the total number of homicides in all of 2020.

That makes 2021 the deadliest year so far for homicides in Baton Rouge and there are still two months left to the year.

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