Man in custody for shooting police officers in Avoyelles Parish

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Louisiana State Police investigators have identified the suspect of the May 11, 2017 officer shooting as 35-year-old Brandon Arthur Carpenter of Elizabeth, LA.

The initial investigation by State Police revealed that Hessmer Police Department initiated a pursuit involving Carpenter. The pursuit culminated at a residence near Moreauville on LA Hwy 114. Carpenter barricaded himself inside the residence while officers attempted to negotiate with him to surrender. During negotiations, Carpenter fired at officers. A Louisiana State Trooper and a Marksville Police Officer were shot, and a Simmesport Police Officer was injured. It is currently unknown if his injuries were from the gunshot or flying debris.

The Trooper and the Marksville Police Officer were transported to a local hospital where they received treatment for non-life threatening injuries.

Carpenter is currently in custody at the Avoyelles Parish Detention Center. He has been charged with attempted first degree murder (3 counts). This investigation remains active, and additional charges may be pending.

There is no more information available at this time.

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