Suspect Fatally Wounded by BRPD after 17 Hour Standoff

A 17-hour standoff ended with the fatal shooting of the suspect, Keith Carter, yesterday on Sycamore Street in Baton Rouge.

According to reports, sometime on Tuesday police attempted to stop the vehicle that Carter was driving. He refused to stop and lead police on a brief chase that ended up at a home on Sycamore Street. Carter barricaded himself inside the house.

Police negotiators were called to the scene which ended up lasting nearly 17 hours. While inside the home, Carter fired at least 12 rounds at officers before finally coming outside mid-morning on Tuesday. At some point he fired at officers again, causing them to return fire, fatally wounding him. Carter was struck in his torso and extremities, according to a later report bo the EBR Parish Coroner.

Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul told the press that officers tried everything in their power to end the incident peacefully.

“The preservation of life was definitely noted in our efforts. They did everything in their power to end this peacefully. Please keep him and his kids — my understanding is that he has five — to keep them and his family in your prayers,” Paul said, speaking of the victim.

The Louisiana State Police has been called in to do a full investigation of the incident.