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The 36-year-old Kato was believed to be responsible for a fatal shooting around 9:30 a.m. Sunday on North Pamela Drive, a residential street off North Sherwood Forest Drive and about 5 and a half miles from where they shot the officers. The victim in that morning’s shooting, Curtis Richardson, 58, was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.
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He is 36 years old.
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Paul said a suspect, Ronnie Kato, 36, was detained after a roughly four-hour standoff in which he barricaded inside a house. The chief didn’t immediately say what charges Kato might face. He added that SWAT team members had been fired on and they returned fire. No one was reported hurt during those exchanges.
Paul said BRPD detectives will be conducting the investigation, though a variety of law enforcement entities converged on the scene Sunday to assist local police.
Around the same time Kato was taken into custody, a coroner’s van accompanied by a procession of law enforcement left Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, escorting the slain officer’s body away from the hospital. Dozens of his colleagues had gathered at the hospital during the afternoon, awaiting updates in the aftermath of the shooting.
The second officer, a seven-year veteran of the force, was still receiving treatment as of Sunday evening. Paul asked for prayers for the officers and the entire Baton Rouge Police Department.
“Not only were these police officers public servants — they were fathers, husbands, loved by their families,” he said.
These officers were already dealing with the stress of “this current COVID threat that we’re in,” Paul added. “Still, our heroes step up.”
Other local and state officials offered their condolences via social media later in the evening.
“It is a tragic day in the Baton Rouge community,” Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome tweeted. “I am deeply saddened by the incident earlier that resulted in the loss of one of our bravest souls. As we mourn this tragedy, let us reinforce that violence in our community, and particularly violence against those who serve and protect, is unacceptable.”
“Our hearts are heavy today as we mourn the loss of a dedicated public servant who made the ultimate sacrifice for the people of Baton Rouge and the state of Louisiana,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a tweet Sunday evening. “This officer protected and served the Baton Rouge community for more than 20 years, and we will never be able to fully repay him for his heroism and commitment to keeping us safe.”