Posted: Jan 21, 2013 8:39 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Jan 22, 2013 6:47 AM
PORT ALLEN- A kidnapper was shot and killed by authorities in West Baton Rouge Monday night, after threatening to shoot and kill the hostage he snatched at gunpoint earlier in the evening.
The man's name has not been released. The hostage is recovering from injuries sustained after a car crash connected to the whole ordeal.
The situation unfolded just after 6:00 p.m. at Noah's Pharmacy in Brusly. A man, wearing a ski mask, entered the business attempting to rob the pharmacy of prescription drugs and cash.
Investigators said when he noticed authorities outside; he took the woman hostage, forced her into a stolen Addis Police cruiser and made her drive northbound on LA 1. She crashed near the base of the Intracoastal Bridge and flipped the stolen cruiser.
At that point, the suspect was able to free himself and get out. He threatened to shoot the hostage between ten and fifteen minutes before authorities believed he was about to pull the trigger, so they opened fire on him. He was shot and killed.
Investigators believe a getaway car was waiting for him at the pharmacy. They have initiated a search for that vehicle.
It is described as a new, two-door sports car with a temporary Louisiana tag in the back glass on the driver side.