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Bartie standing trial on eight counts of attempted first-degree murder of a police officer

Updated: Apr. 29, 2021 at 7:14 PM CDT
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LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Jurors watched hotel surveillance video Thursday in the trial of El Jerico Bartie — accused of eight counts of attempted first-degree murder of a police officer in 2014.

The video, in a hallway of a Sulphur hotel, shows SWAT team members from the Lake Charles Police Department trying to arrest Bartie when numerous rounds were fired from the room where Bartie was staying.

The video captured the sound of the first five shots allegedly fired by Bartie and showed SWAT team members seek cover when they heard the gunfire.

The standoff continued close to an hour before Bartie was arrested.

This is Bartie’s second trial. He was tried by a judge in his first trial, but an appeals court found no evidence that Bartie understood he was waiving his right to a trial by jury.

A Lake Charles police officer testified it was an intense situation as shots were fired from the hotel room as officers tried to serve an arrest warrant that July day. All eight officers Bartie allegedly fired upon testified Thursday.

Police say Bartie shouted back and forth through the wall, refusing to surrender and saying they should come get him.

Ultimately, police say Bartie threw two guns out into the hall - as police demanded - and came out with his hands on his head.

Jurors also had a chance to look at a bullet-proof vest Bartie allegedly had that day, as well as guns that were allegedly in the hotel room. They saw video and pictures of numerous spent rounds and bullet holes.

The defense attorney spent time in the late afternoon questioning an evidence officer, attempting to raise issues for jurors about the accuracy and integrity of crime scene evidence.

She asked for jurors to be shown video of seven officers standing around the crime scene in the aftermath, suggesting some evidence could have been trampled.

Bartie’s trial continues at 8:30 a.m. Friday.

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