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Suspect booked in overnight BRPD shootout

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BATON ROUGE - Police charged a man with attempted murder Friday in connection with a shootout with officers in Baton Rouge overnight.

BRPD spokesperson L'Jean McKneely said 24-year-old Torrance Smart was shot in the encounter. Police arrested Smart after his release from the hospital.

Officers said they stopped Smart just after 8 p.m. Thursday in the 12000 block of Robbie Avenue for a traffic violation. Police said Smart bailed out of the car while it was still moving and fired several times at the officers. Police shot back and hit Smart in the arm, but said he kept running.

"You have to be a bold person to shoot at police period," said Dedrick McGee, whose family lives in the neighborhood. "You must be running from the law to shoot at police, it takes a lot of nerve."

Investigators said they followed his blood trail until they found Smart trying to break into a house, whose occupents were screaming for help. Officers used a stun gun to subdue Smart and detain him.

"It's an extremely dangerous situation when you have an officer involved shooting," McKneely said. "But that's just what we do. We train for that. We know that's a part of our job and in that situation, or any situation we fall back on our training."

McKneely said the two officers involved in the shooting are on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure in an officer-involved shooting. The officers were not injured in the shooting.


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