1 dead in police shooting in Baton Rouge

Elias Hubbard
November 14, 2017

Baton Rouge Police Department officials said the officer was escorting a state Department of Child and Family Services case worker to the Palms Apartments in the 5600 block of McClelland Drive when a struggle ensued.

A man shot dead by a Baton Rouge police officer during a struggle at an apartment complex has been identified as 23-year-old Calvin Toney, Louisiana State Police Master Trooper Bryan Lee said on Tuesday morning. Toney was then shot by one of the officers.

East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore described a chaotic confrontation between an officer and the man who was killed, telling WBRZ that the man possibly tried to reach for the officer's stun gun.

State Police has an agreement with the City of Baton Rouge to investigate officer-involved shootings of this matter, the agency said in its release.

According to the the Washington Post's database tracking fatal police shootings in the U.S., Toney is at least the 196th known black person shot and killed by law enforcement in 2017.

The Louisiana State Police Crime Lab and East Baton Rouge District Attorney's Office are now at the apartment complex investigating the incident, according to Lee.

Sterling, 37, was killed by police in July 2016. "I certainly believe that they will do a very thorough investigation". The officers involved in the shooting were not indicted, and federal officials declined to bring criminal civil rights charges in May.

Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome urged residents to "withhold judgment" on the shooting, asking that they instead let the Louisiana police complete its investigation. The man was shot and killed by the officer during the altercation. "What's so vitally important is that we keep the lines of communication open with the community".

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