A Baton Rouge police officer was wounded over the weekend when a suspect fired several rounds through the windshield of his police cruiser, authorities report.
The marked police unit was initially called to the scene after 911 dispatchers said there was a man shooting at his relative’s vehicle. Upon arrival, the officer found himself under fire, with several rounds hitting the windshield and even leaving one bullet lodged in the front seat headrest.
While the officer was peppered with glass and shrapnel, he appeared to have avoided a direct hit to his body.
Upon attacking the police car, the shooter fled the scene but was taken into custody after a short pursuit.
The officer reportedly did not fire his weapon during the altercation and the investigation into what exactly transpired will be investigated by Baton Rouge PD, according to agency spokesman Sgt. Don Coppola Jr. Had the officer opened fire, the incident would likely be investigated by the State Police.
According to The Advocate, the suspect is in custody and was being questioned earlier this morning.
Coppola referred to the incident at “a tragic incident that could have turned out worse,” adding that “This is something that has to stop.”
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