BATON ROUGE, La. – Two Baton Rouge police officers who were shot early Saturday during a confrontation with a suspect are hospitalized in stable condition, police said.
Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie Jr. said he believed the officers' injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. The suspect is undergoing surgery at the same area hospital.
"Everything is still preliminary, and we're still working the scene," Dabadie said. He did not release the names of the officers or the suspect.
The officers responded to a call at about 5:30 a.m. to a report of someone damaging property. When they arrived, the suspect took off in a vehicle. The officers chased him until he bailed out of his car, about 2 miles away.
Baton Rouge. Sgt. Don Coppola said the suspect exited his vehicle with a rifle and fired at the officers, hitting both. The officers returned fire and struck the suspect.