Murder suspect dead, woman shot during standoff
BATON ROUGE - As the scene cleared from a violent standoff, specifics about what happened during the takedown became less clear.
Police said they were not ready to confirm how a woman wound up being shot in what was, at first, reported as crossfire when a U.S. Marshal's task force attempted to apprehend a murder suspect. At the beginning of the situation, a woman was shot and taken to the hospital. Witnesses said the woman was by hit by authorities, but officials said they would not have a clear indication about what happened until Thursday.
The person they were after, Lawrence Blackburn, was found dead in the apartment of a building agents had surrounded all evening. He had been shot. Authorities responded to the scene earlier in the evening in an attempt to apprehend Blackburn for the murder of a man in Lafayette earlier this week.
The incident happened near the corner of West Brookstown Drive and Prescott Road. It began between 7:30 and 8:00.
Blackburn's sister, Ruby, told WBRZ reporter Brittany Weiss her brother was likely not going to go down easily. She said she was worried the result of the situation would be Lawrence Blackburn losing his life.
"We are trying to talk him out before they start shooting him," she said before learning her brother was dead.
Ruby Blackburn said the woman shot was the mother of her brother's children. Family members who gathered at the scene said the woman was at the apartment complex to visit Lawrence Blackburn.
"We developed some information indicating that there was some family members in the Baton Rouge area associated with [Lawrence Blackburn]. Since [Tuesday], we developed leads that lead us to this location," U.S. Marshal Kevin Harrison said.
In Lafayette, Blackburn shot and killed an 18-year-old near the airport and injured a second person Monday. Police there arrested a person in connection with the deadly shooting, too.
The shooting in Lafayette is not connected to the deadly mass shooting at a movie theater there last week.