State Police is investigating a deadly shooting in Baton Rouge involving several deputies with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office. Troop A spokesman Bryan Lee says detectives were responding to a report of a domestic disturbance indicating a man had attacked two women with mace.
“The subject threatened to commit suicide by jumping off one of the bridges in the Baton Rouge area. Deputies began searching for the subject in his vehicle and located that subject,” Lee said.
Lee says witnesses reported that the subject, who has been identified as the 48-year-old Travis Stevenson, had been threatening to kill himself all day. He says cops eventually caught up with him.
“After locating that subject, he attempted to ram deputies with his vehicle. At which point they returned fire, killing that subject,” Lee said.
Sheriff Sid Gautraux said it’s possible Stevenson was trying to commit suicide by cop when he rammed them with his vehicle. The DA’s office will conduct an independent investigation. Lee says troopers were asked to investigate, as is typical protocol with officer involved shootings.
“Now we’re gonna interview deputies, and we’re gonna look at the evidence on scene and determine the actual number of deputies that fired,” Lee said.