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2 Baton Rouge officers shot Saturday 'lucky to be alive'

Danielle Maddox Kinchen

The Advocate

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A Dodge Sedan involved in the shooting of two Baton Rouge police officers Saturday has an evidence marker on its roof.
Travis Spalding/The Advocate A Dodge Sedan involved in the shooting of two Baton Rouge police officers Saturday has an evidence marker on its roof.

Update, 11:20 a.m.

The shooter who opened fire on two policemen Saturday morning is currently on probation on a 2014 charge of cruelty to a juvenile in East Baton Rouge, said Hillar C. Moore III, East Baton Rouge District Attorney.

Update, 10:47 a.m.

Lt. Jonny Dunnam, spokesman for Baton Rouge Police, said the shooter is in critical condition.

Update, 9:42 a.m.

District Attorney Hillar C. Moore III said the two Baton Rouge policemen are lucky to be alive. Moore said a bullet grazed one policeman's head, and the other policeman hit was struck in the side.

Baton Rouge police haven't released the shooter's identity, but Gina Chambers, who said she is godsister to the shooter, identified him as 22-year-old Calvin Smith. BRPD said the man who shot at police is in critical condition at an area hospital.

Chambers said Smith has history of mental illness and had attempted suicide previously. She said Smith had attempted suicide a few months ago in Shreveport and that he had been admitted for treatment at some point while living there. Chambers said he had been receiving treatment in Shreveport, and family was trying to get him into treatment in Baton Rouge. She did not know why he had not received it yet. He moved from Shreveport in December.

Chambers said she does not know where Smith obtained the rifle. She said the car Smith drove during the pursuit belonged to his brother's girlfriend and that she is unsure if they were aware that he had taken it.

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Original story

Two Baton Rouge police officers were shot early Saturday morning and are in unknown condition at an area hospital.

According to BRPD spokesman Sgt. Don Coppola, the incident occurred around 6 a.m. when police responded to a call about damage to property. A suspect at the scene fled in a car, and two officers were involved in a pursuit until the shooter wrecked his car in the 5600 block of Fairfields Avenue, Coppola said.

The suspect got out the car with a “long gun” and fired at the officers, who were struck. The suspect was also struck, but Coppola did not know if the officers also fired.

No information about the shooter’s identity was available.

Hope Walker, who says she's a friend of the suspect shot this morning, said she heard two sets of gunshots around 5:45 a.m. She was staying with a friend down the street when she heard three gunshots, Walker said. There was a pause and then a quick round of gunshots, according to Walker.

More details to come.

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