Citizens are asked to remain vigilant and call 225.621.8300 if they see anyone acting suspiciously.
A press release from the City of Gonzales Police Department (GPD) states that at 2:47 a.m. GPD pulled over a vehicle they felt was driving suspiciously in the Orice Roth area of the city. This quickly escalated into two men running and firing shots at police officers.
GPD states, "When the vehicle came to a halt during the traffic stop, two black males inside the vehicle exited and began fleeing the scene. During this time, one male fired three shots at the officers in pursuit."
APSO, Baton Rouge Air Patrol, and the Livingston Sheriff's Department joined in a search that has lasted the larger part of the morning. The search even delayed the start of school at Gonzales Middle this morning.
The press release states further, "A search conducted of the wood line of the Oak Terrace area did not turn up either suspect, a perimeter was set up with the assistance of the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office. Air Patrol was provided by Baton Rouge City Police, and K-9 support from Baton Rouge City Police and the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office. Due to the proximity of the incident to Gonzales Middle School, school officials were contacted. For this reason, there will be a delayed start time at the school until 9:23 a.m."
Officials are confident that the school is not in harm’s way. GPD made a complete search of the school as per a second press release. A Shelter in Place within the area was lifted at 7:05 a.m. Citizens are asked to remain vigilant and call 225.621.8300 if they see anyone acting suspiciously.
Noon update: GPD has traced the vehicle back to one stolen from St. James Parish. "After speaking with authorities in St. James Parish, we are now working off of the assumption that the two suspects are connected to a recent auto theft ring that has been occurring in that parish. The St. James Parish Sheriff'a Office is now assisting with this investigation."