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BATON ROUGE - Criminal records showed a man who was shot and killed by Baton Rouge Police after he stabbed two officers had a history of violent run-ins with the law.

Bradford Louis Etheredge, 37, was shot and killed after stabbing officer Brian Strong, 29, and Corporal Donald Johnson, 42, after they tried to intervene in a fight between Eteheredge and another person. One officer was stabbed in the head, the other in the neck.

Court documents show Etheredge was arrested six times since 1997 on nearly 30 different charges, but wasn't sentenced for most of them.

In May 2004 he was arrested for hit and run, simple battery, aggravated burglary, resisting arrest, battery of a police officer and unauthorized entry. Three months earlier, Etheredge was picked up on simple battery, possession with the intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana.

Etheredge pleaded guilty in December 2004 to unauthorized entry after multiple mental health and sanity evaluations, and all the other charges were dismissed. He was sentenced to three years probation.

Then in August 2007, Etheredge was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of simple burglary, two counts of theft, theft of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm by a convicted felon and three traffic related charges. 

Five months later, he was sentenced to six months in parish prison for the drug paraphernalia charge and two years probation for the stolen firearm.


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