Driver identified after killing himself at busy BR eatery
BATON ROUGE- The driver of a truck that was reported stolen by Enterprise Rental Car in Metairie killed himself in a restaurant parking lot after a short pursuit on I-12 in Baton Rouge Wednesday.
Investigators identified the driver as 28-year-old Jeremy Anderson. Anderson had a Mississippi license, but had a Louisiana address in Avondale.
Earlier this month, a silver Ford F-150 was reported stolen by workers at Enterprise Rental Car. The police report shows Anderson rented that vehicle and never returned it.
Baton Rouge Police attempted to pull Anderson over shortly before noon in that stolen truck. When he didn't stop, police continued following him. He shot himself in the parking lot of a fast food eatery after he got off the interstate.
Dozens of police cars swarmed the restaurant to investigate, and it paralyzed the area that was beginning to fill up with a lunch crowd.
"Officers learned the vehicle was reported stolen through Jefferson Parish," Don Coppola with Baton Rouge Police said. "The individual driving the truck exited on Sherwood Forest, pulled into the parking lot and officers heard a single shot."
Damon Marshall stopped at a gas station to get a drink when the chaos began unfolding.
"This type of activity don't go on in the Sherwood area of Baton Rouge," Marshall said. "It's a calm area and nice place to live."
As drivers using busy Sherwood Forest passed by, they took their eyes off the road and stared in disbelief.
Right now, police have not released if Anderson had a Baton Rouge connection. They also have not released a motive for the shooting.
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