Po­lice: Man fa­tally shot tried to run, fought with of­fi­cer

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - NATION - By Michael Kun­zel­man and Melinda Des­latte The Associated Press

BA­TON ROUGE, La. — A man killed by a Ba­ton Rouge po­lice of­fi­cer had tried to run when con­fronted dur­ing a child abuse in­ves­ti­ga­tion, fought with the of­fi­cer and kept re­sist­ing af­ter be­ing shot, au­thor­i­ties said Tues­day.

The Louisiana State Po­lice said 24-year-old Calvin Toney “at­tempted to flee on foot” when a state child wel­fare case­worker and the city of­fi­cer showed up Mon­day evening at an apart­ment com­plex and had a “lengthy strug­gle” with the of­fi­cer, who used a stun gun on Toney mul­ti­ple times.

“Af­ter be­ing shot, Toney fled and was later taken into cus­tody by the of­fi­cer. While tak­ing Toney into cus­tody, he re­mained non-com­pli­ant and was placed into hand­cuffs for safety rea­sons,” the state po­lice said in a state­ment from Se­nior Trooper Bryan Lee.

Toney was alert and re­ceiv­ing med­i­cal at­ten­tion from po­lice when paramedics ar­rived, and his hand­cuffs were then re­moved, Lee said.

Toney died of a sin­gle gun­shot wound to the chest, ac­cord­ing to the lo­cal coroner’s of­fice, which re­leased pre­lim­i­nary re­sults of an au­topsy per­formed Tues­day.

The of­fi­cer, who has not been iden­ti­fied, suf­fered mi­nor in­juries, Lee said.

The shoot­ing re­mains un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the state po­lice. Footage from the of­fi­cer’s body cam­era and sur­veil­lance video from the apart­ment com­plex were be­ing re­viewed Tues­day by the state po­lice, who said in­ves­ti­ga­tors also con­tin­ued ques­tion­ing wit­nesses. None of the video footage was re­leased to the pub­lic.

The shoot­ing of Toney, a black man, drew a crowd of an­gry neigh­bors Mon­day night at the apart­ment com­plex in north Ba­ton Rouge, a city that was wracked by un­rest af­ter a po­lice shoot­ing last year.

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