A man was killed by a Louisiana police bullet after officers said he pointed a pistol at them in a knife attack on his girlfriend, according to arrest warrants and officials.
The Advocate, quoting officials, said Baton Rouge police officers had fired more than 12 shots at Vincent Harris, 51, after he had shot a pistol at them. It is unclear how many times he was shot.
The officers arrived at Harris’ apartment near Louisiana State University early to hold him under arrest warrants for a second-degree murder attempt, a tight second-class battery, a second-degree kidnapping and a battery of domestic violence, according to Baton Police Chief Roger Murphy Paul.
Harris’s girlfriend was hospitalized with severe injuries in her hand in May after a series of violent confrontations with the suspect, according to an arrest warrant. The woman said that at some point Harris grabbed a “sharp weapon” and described him as a scythe and hit him with it, according to documents obtained by the media.
Paul said investigators confronted Harris at Baton Rouge’s apartment after receiving information. A video of the corpse camera cameras released by the administration appeared to show Harris, a black man, directing a pistol to the officers near the entrance to the apartment before the officers opened fire.
Harris’ death was announced at the scene.
Officials said a police dog accused the suspect was being treated for wounds.
Four officers involved in the shooting were placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation. Their identities were not immediately revealed.