LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - An officer-involved shooting involving the Lake Charles Police Department near the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Tulip Street is being investigated by the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations.
LCPD officers were conducting a traffic stop near the intersection in an attempt to apprehend 22-year-old Branden Roberts of Lake Charles. Roberts was wanted for two counts of attempted homicide.
During the traffic stop, “Roberts exited the vehicle from the passenger side and discharged a firearm towards officers,” says Trooper Derek Senegal.
Roberts tried to flee the scene on foot, but was confronted by additional responding officers. This resulted in at least one LCPD officer discharging his firearm. According to Senegal, Roberts was hit by gunfire and brought to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Once released from the hospital, he will be booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.
Lt. Jeff Keenum, with Lake Charles police, said the department requested that state police investigate. It is standard procedure to request state police to look into officer-involved shootings.
KPLC is working to get more information.