Officer shoots, kills man at apartment complex

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 14, 2017

According to State Police, the escorting officer was involved in an altercation with the suspect, leading to the officer shooting and killing the suspect.

Toney's death has been labeled a homicide, according to Clark's preliminary report. "The cause of death is a single gunshot wound to the chest with a trajectory of front to back, left to right".

Investigators have learned that a social worker from the Department of Child and Family Services was conducting an investigation into possible child abuse allegations committed by Toney, authorities said.

As mayor-president of this city and parish, I am closely monitoring the Baton Rouge Police Department officer-involved shooting that took place tonight.

Police say that shortly after the caseworker and a BRPD officer made contact with Toney, he attempted to flee on foot.

A Taser was deployed an unknown number of times and there was a struggle between the victim and officers over the Taser and weapons prior to the shooting, according to Moore. While taking Toney into custody, police say that he remained non-compliant and was placed in handcuffs for safety reasons.

Toney was later pronounced deceased at the scene.

Twenty-four-year-old Calvin Toney was shot once in the chest and died from his wounds, according to Dr. Beau Clark. They added he was wearing a body camera and that footage is being reviewed. This incident remains under investigation.

The Baton Rouge police officer was escorting an employee from the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to the Palms apartment complex when a struggle ensued, culminating in the fatal shooting, spokesman Bryan Lee told reporters at a news conference.

Authorities say the police officer had been escorting a state child welfare case worker when the shooting happened.

Law enforcement on Monday night said that Toney was not handcuffed when he was shot by a Baton Rouge police officer and that the incident was captured on a body camera.

East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar C. Moore, III told reporters that the dead man had not been handcuffed at the time he was shot.

State police were called in to investigate the shooting and talked to witnesses, Lee said.

Investigators have obtained body camera and surveillance footage, as well as witness statements and 911 calls which are all now being reviewed.

"The added value of body cameras for officers certainly will help in situations like this", said Mayor Sharon Weston Broome.

Police tape covered the entrance to the complex in north Baton Rouge, and about 100 people gathered on other side, some yelling "Black lives matter", and "No justice, no peace".

The officer's name has not yet been released, and Baton Rouge officials are urging people to remain calm while the investigation unfolds.

Calvin Coleman, who identified himself as the father of the man who was shot, said his son was black.

"It hurts", Coleman said. "It tears you apart knowing that he's right there and there's nothing you can do about it".

"In July 2016, a white Baton Rouge police officer shot and killed a 37-year-old black man, Alton Sterling., outside a convenience store where he was selling homemade CDs". They also worked to dispel a rumor that quickly spread on social media following the shooting. Almost 200 protesters were arrested in the days after that shooting.

"As you see, the crowd is very anxious - emotions are running very high". "A lot of people are kind of blowing it up".

"I was just trying to let him know that someone that he knew that as out her and knew what was going on and that everything was going to be okay, just hang in there. I just wish there was some way it could have been avoided", she said.

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