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Officers involved in shooting identified

3 years 11 months 2 weeks ago Wednesday, March 04 2015 Mar 4, 2015 March 04, 2015 11:39 AM March 04, 2015 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Russell Jones

BATON ROUGE - Authorities released the names of five Baton Rouge Police officers who are on paid leave after shooting two suspects Monday night.

A police spokesperson said all five officers are assigned to the Uniform Patrol Bureau and were involved in the March 2 shooting in the 3500 block of Perkins Road.

Investigators said around 11 p.m. Sunday the officers assisted a DPS Patrolman who tried to stop a vehicle for traffic violations. The vehicle did not stop according to police, and the driver tried to run over several of the officers as it tried to flee.

Police said that's when the officers fired multiple times at the vehicle, hitting the driver and passenger. The two were taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. None of the officers were injured.

BRPD said the five officers included:

* Dustin Johnson, 8-year BRPD veteran
* Dough Chutz Jr., 7-year BRPD veteran
* Russ Hernandez, 2-year BRPD veteran
* Joshua Barnett, 2-year BRPD veteran
* Richard Garon, recent academy graduate currently in Field Officer Training

Police said their investigation is still ongoing. No charges have been filed at this time.


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