Thursday, September 16, 2010

Officer killed in pseduo-"ambush" -- Rayville, LA

A Rayville police officer was shot and killed on Sept. 11 while responding to a burglary-in-progress call at a home, according to The News Star.



K-9 Sgt. Thomas M. Alexander, 57, responded to the call shortly after 9 p.m. after an elderly woman reported that she had heard glass break. Upon arrival, he made sure the victim was safe before entering the house to arrest the suspects.

As he approached a closet inside the home, he was shot about four times, according to the reported.

"Basically, he got ambushed. He told (the victim) to run," Richland Parish Sheriff Charles McDonald told the newspaper. "He basically saved her life."

Robert J. Walker was arrested at the scene, Anthony D. Oatis was arrested two hours later and the third suspect, Richard L. Long Jr., was arrested Sunday morning.

All three suspects have been booked into the Richland Parish Detention Center on first-degree murder of a police officer and aggravated burglary charges and are currently being held without bond, according to the report.

An arraignment date has not been set, and Louisiana State Police are conducting an investigation.

http://www.officer.com/web/online/Officer-Down-News/Louisiana-Police-Officer-Killed-in-Ambush/2$54432

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