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Arson Investigator Shoots Naked Man Breaking Into Department Truck Containing Weapons

Baton Rouge, LA – A Baton Rouge arson investigator shot a naked man he spotted trying to break into his department-issued truck while he was getting a haircut on last week, according to police.

The incident occurred near the Four-Way Barber Shop on Eddie Robinson Drive shortly before noon on Jan. 18, WAFB reported.

Baton Rouge Fire Department (BRFD) Chief Fire Investigator Darryl Sanders said he was alarmed when he saw the naked man trying to break into his unmarked work vehicle because he knew he had weapons stored inside and he did want the suspect to gain control of them, according to police.

Sanders, who was on-duty, said he shot the suspect and that the man fell to the ground, WAFB reported.

The the naked man then returned to his feet and resumed his attempt to break into the vehicle, so Sanders shot him a second time, police said.

Police said Sanders rendered aid to the suspect after the shooting, according to The Advocate.

The wounded suspect was transported to a Baton Rouge hospital with serious injuries and is expected to recover, WAFB reported.

His identity has not been released.

Police estimated he is in his early 30s, The Advocate reported.

Sanders, a 31-year veteran of the BRFD, was not injured during the incident, according to WAFB.

He has been placed on administrative leave while the investigation into the shooting continues.

No charges have been filed against the suspect or Sanders.

The incident occurred one day after five separate shootings throughout Baton Rouge left three people dead and six more wounded, WBRZ reported.

One of the victims was fatally shot in the same neighborhood where the attempted break-in occurred on Tuesday, according to WBRZ.

That shooting occurred about 12 hours before the confrontation between Sanders and the naked suspect.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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