Skip to comments.Officer identified, suspects charged in deadly hit-and-run
Posted on 03/13/2018 1:26:14 PM PDT by BBell
BAKER A reserve Zachary Police officer was killed after being run over in a shopping center parking lot Monday evening.
The officer has been identified as Christopher M. Lawton.
According to Chief David McDavid, 33-year-old Albert Franklin had struck his girlfriend with an AR-15 last week; a warrant was later obtained. Monday night, Zachary Police received information on Franklin's whereabouts. Officers attempted to arrest Franklin and 30-year-old Ashley Chaney, who were in the Walmart parking lot sitting in a U-Haul truck.
As the suspects tried to drive away, the reserve officer was pinned between the truck and grocery cart equipment. As the suspects continued to drive away, the officer was run over and killed.
Lawton was a reserve officer for the Zachary Police Department and a full-time firefighter for the city of Zachary. According to the fire department, Lawton served as a volunteer firefighter for 20 years.
He was pronounced dead at the scene, a visibly shaken Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said in a late-night news conference Monday.
Franklin and Chaney were taken into custody after fleeing and trying to hide the vehicle on Old Comite Drive.
Everybody's taking it rough. I, unfortunately, have been through this more than once. It's not an easy thing to go through, the sheriff said.
Both the Zachary Police Chief and Zachary Fire Chief were on the scene late Monday. The group prayed with a chaplain in the parking lot.
[We] have to be supportive of each other, the sheriff said, and of the families involved.
A sheriff's department secretary is the brother of the fallen officer, Gautreaux added.
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Is Ashley Chaney the girlfriend who was struck with an AR-15 last week?
What is with the skin blemishes all over her face. Meth use?
What, you can't follow that superbly written article and figure out who got struck and who's running away with the perp?
NEITHER CAN I!! WTH?
I mean, if she was going to run with the guy, why didn't she drop the charges?
Somebody’s paying the toll.
What an armpit Baton Rouge is!
That entire state has problems.
There are some really nice parts of Baton Rouge. East Baton Rouge is bad though.
Death penalty, no probations. End of story.
We have some problems but we are fat, dumb, and happy at least! That is what the statistics say anyway.
It just seems that the power structures across that state, new orleans, baton rouge, etc, just seem to hafe a higher level and acceptance of corruption in them.
Was the pimp driving?
Another one of those stupid white women who voted for Trump because her husband/boyfriend/pimp told her to! /s
Sad for the officer.
Was that a semi or full auto U-Haul truck?
Ban U-hauls and or parking lots!
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