January 10, 2019

A Louisiana police officer was shot multiple times before her shift started

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One police officer started off the New Year on a tragic note. At around 8:20 p.m. on Wednesday, Shreveport police responded to a shooting in the 1600 block of Midway.

There they found a female officer who was off-duty with gunshot wounds. The policewoman was said to be on her way to work when the incident occurred.

In Shreveport, La., Officer Chateri Payne passed away on Wednesday night after being shot at least four times. One gunshot wound was in the head.

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For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. So far, a motive for the shooting hasn’t been released by officials.

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Payne was on her way to work at the time of the shooting. The city’s mayor and the police chief arrived at the scene of the shooting and later went to the hospital where the policewoman was taken.

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Tragically, Payne died from her injuries. At one point in the evening, 54 first responder units were at the scene of the crime.

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On Thursday, the Shreveport Police Officer's Association posted a statement on Facebook about their loss. In part, the message confirmed the murder and sent condolences to the officer’s family.

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It read:

"We have lost one of our own. She was young, and she was beautiful. She was proving herself to be a capable professional, dedicated to serving the Citizens of Shreveport. We lift her family in prayer, and we thank you for allowing her to be a part of us. We stand ready to assist her family and her Academy Classmates."

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Reports stated that at least one person had been detained for questioning. However, it wasn’t clear if the person was the only person who was considered a suspect in Payne’s murder.

On Sunday, Firefighter Steven Pollard, 30, fell through the space dividing the eastbound and westbound lanes on the parkway’s overpass bridge. The serviceman plummeted 52 feet to the ground while trying to save car crash victims.

He later died at Kings County Hospital.

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