Police: 'Panicked' Gonzales officer fled authorities after accidental shooting at family gathering
GONZALES - A reserve Gonzales police officer has been fired after he allegedly shot his brother and led authorities on a pursuit Saturday night.
Desmond Lane, 24, was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail Sunday morning on one count of negligent injuring and released just hours later.
According to the Gonzales Police Department, Lane accidentally fired his personal weapon at a family gathering just before midnight Saturday and struck one of the people in attendance. Police say Lane then "panicked" and fled the scene, leading responding officers on a pursuit.
He was eventually taken into custody by Gonzales police.
In a statement Sunday, Police Chief Sherman Jackson said Lane exercised "poor judgment" and that he has been terminated from the department.
Sources tell WBRZ the individual shot was Lane's brother and that he was reportedly struck in the chest. He's expected to survive his injuries.
State police are investigating the incident.