Baker police officer fired in case involving sheriff's son
BAKER - A former Baker police officer accused failing to properly investigate a shooting involving the East Baton Rouge sheriff's son won't face criminal charges, but he has lost his job.
EBR District Attorney Hillar Moore said his office found that Adam Procell broke no laws in his investigation of an April 27 shooting involving 44-year-old Ben Gautreaux outside of a Baker Walmart. Gautreaux is the son of EBR Sheriff Sid Gautreaux.
Baton Rouge Judge Mike Erwin signed an arrest warrant for Sergeant Adam Procell's arrest. According to the warrant, Procell and another officer responded to a shots fired call at a Walmart in Baker located in the 14000 block of Plank Road on April 14. They arrived on scene to discover a window had been shot out.
Sources say Gautreaux was allegedly shooting a gun in his backyard during target practice, unaware bullets were flying toward the Walmart.
Procell, who had applied to join the sheriff's office before the incident, told detectives that "due to interest in the sheriff's office and everything," that he was going to allow the other officer to do the report for the shooting. He also said "that he was not going to do anything anyway," the arrest warrant notes.
He was soon arrested for malfeasance in office and obstruction of justice, accused of trying to cover up details of the shooting.
Baker Police Chief Carl Dunn told the Advocate that Procell was recently fired from his position with the department “based on his actions and behavior on the day of the incident,” which violated department policies.
Procell is reportedly looking to appeal the decision. The Baker Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board will decide whether to overturn or uphold the termination.