A 35-year-old man is facing three counts of attempted first degree murder after shooting at law enforcement during a standoff in Avoyelles Parish yesterday. State Trooper Scott Moreau says Brandon Carpenter of Elizabeth barricaded himself inside a residence in Moreauville and during negotiations, Carpenter fired at officers.
"A Louisiana State Trooper and a Marksville Police Officer were shot and a Simmesport Police Officer was injured and it's unknown whether he was shot or if he was injured by flying debris."
The Trooper and the Marksville Police Officers were transported to a local hospital where they received treatment for non-life threatening injuries. Moreau says Carpenter was taken into custody just before 7:30 on Thursday night.
"Carpenter is in custody right now at the Avoyelles Parish Detention Center and he's been charged with three counts of attempted first degree murder. More charges may be likely."
KALB-TV reports that Carpenter is an Army veteran who suffers from PTSD. He reportedly had a warrant for domestic abuse battery and Moreau says police officers began to pursue Carpenter, which led to the standoff.
"Hessmer Police Department initiated a pursuit involving Carpenter and the pursuit ended up at a residence near Moreauville on LA 114."
The trooper shot has been identified as 26-year-old Nick Ducote. Ducote has been with LSP for over two years and is expected to make a full recovery.