Posted: Sep 20, 2010 7:36 PM by Heather Harel
Updated: Sep 20, 2010 7:42 PM
Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office
A man was arrested this afternoon for allegedly stealing a car from an off-duty Hammond police officer and attempting to run him over.
Authorities said 18-year-old Devante Fisher was arrested after the officer told deputies that around 5:30 a.m., he heard his vehicle, which was parked in front of a house, start. The officer went outside and saw a man, later identified as Fisher, driving away in his car.
The officer said he ran after the car, yelled for Fisher to stop and identified himself as a police officer. Fisher didn’t stop and instead veered off the roadway, onto the sidewalk and into the grass toward the officer. The car hit the officer, who fired several shots at the vehicle. Fisher then fled.
Detectives were called to Baton Rouge General Hospital shortly after in reference to a man, later identified as Fisher, who came in with non-life-threatening gunshot injuries.
Authorities found the stolen vehicle at the BREC Park across the street from Fisher’s house. It appeared someone attempted to burn the car by placing lit paper in the gas tank.
Fisher later admitted he was driving the stolen car. He is charged with attempted first degree murder, attempted aggravated arson and theft of a motor vehicle.
Fisher will be booked into the parish prison after he is released from the hospital.