Peaceful February gives way to violent March
BATON ROUGE - There were no murders in East Baton Rouge Parish during the month of February. That milestone has been tainted by a violent start to March.
The first happened at 1:45 a.m. on Sunday, March 1st, less than two hours after the calendar turned. Authorities found Eddie Simon, Jr., 24, shot dead in the 2800 block of 73rd Ave. Investigators believe he was standing in his front yard when the shooter walked up, shot him in the head, and fled the scene. No word on any suspects in this case.
The violence spiked Monday evening, when police and deputies worked two near-simultaneous crime scenes.
East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's deputies found a man shot in the Glen Oaks area around 9 p.m. A spokesperson said deputies were responding to reports of shots being fired through the city's ShotSpotter program and discovered the shooting victim near the intersection of Matthews and Maplewood and was taken to the hospital. The victim is expected to survive.
Just as deputies were beginning to work that case, BPRD officers responded to another shooting call in Mid-City. Two women and several children pulled up to the hospital screaming they had just escaped gunfire in the 2500 block of Laurel Street. A two-year-old was cut by pieces of glass when the bullet shattered the car window. Neighbors believe the gunman was after a man that was also in the car at the time of the shooting.
Five BRPD officers are also on paid administrative leave after shooting two suspects Monday night. The altercation began when a DPS officer attempted to pull over a car in North Baton Rouge for a burned out headlight. According to investigators, the driver tried to flee by running over officers. That's when they shot opened fire, shooting the driver and passenger multiple times. The suspects were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
This all happened in the Acadian Village Shopping Center. That's near the intersection of Acadian and Perkins, just off I-10. The officers were immediately placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings. Their names are expected to be released later today.
The violent outbreak continued Tuesday morning, when deputies say a robbery attempt didn't go as planned. According to authorities, Jermoid Wheeler, 31, was shot and killed by a homeowner in the Summerwood subdivision during a break-in.
Wheeler's wife, Deneatrice, was taken into custody. She is charged with burglary, theft and 2nd degree murder, since her husband was killed during a crime she was present for. She told detectives she has committed burglaries with her husband, but thought there were in the area to look for a new home.
The most recent shooting happened around 7 p.m. Tuesday night on Gracie Street. Investigators say someone was chased and shot at a driver, causing them to crash. The male victim was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Police hadn't released any additional information at the time of this post.
If you have any information on any of these cases, please contact the BRPD Violent Crimes Unit at (225) 389-4869.