Three people have been arrested for the killing of a Lousiana police officer headed to work, including the officer’s boyfriend.
Shreveport police officer Chateri Payne was shot four times as she, in uniform, was preparing to leave her house to go to work on Jan. 9.
Glenn Frierson, 38, Treveon Anderson, 26, and Lawrence Pierre, 22, were arrested on Jan. 15, and will be charged with second-degree murder, officials said.
According to an affidavit obtained by KSLA, Pierre, the cousin of one of the suspects, told authorities that he was present when Anderson shot Payne dead.
He later took investigators to where the murder weapon was hidden.
Shreveport Police Chief Ben Raymond told reporters on Wednesday that Anderson was detained on the night of the shooting but released several hours later.
However, the investigation led detectives back to Anderson, Payne’s boyfriend and the father of her child.
“We believe Anderson shot and killed her, then concocted the false narrative of her being murdered by an unknown suspect,” the police chief said.
He said that Anderson shot up the house where he and Payne lived before killing her to create the false narrative.
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Frierson, the third man, is another cousin, officials said. Pierre told officers that Frierson was also present during the shooting.
Raymond said the second-degree murder charges are what evidence supports at this point but didn’t rule out additional charges.
“It is still an ongoing investigation,” Raymond said. “Just because we make arrests doesn’t mean we are done at this point. And certainly, the District Attorney’s Office, when reviewing the case, always has the option of amending charges.”
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Payne, who graduated from the police academy in mid-November 2018, was remembered by fellow officers, and law enforcement officials, and others.
Marita Hunt, her track coach at Captain Shreve High School, said that she considered Payne a daughter.
“She was a fun person to be around, she made everyone laugh,” Coach Hunt told KSLA. “Her legacy would be her leadership qualities and I wasn’t surprised that she became an officer.”
The Shreveport Police Officer’s Association said that Payne was “young and 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,” the association said in a statement on Jan. 10. “Please continue to pray for the men and women that will work through night and every night to make Shreveport a safer place. Your prayers felt, and appreciated.”
Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins said that Payne’s death was a painful reminder of the sacrifices that police officers make.
“As children, we look up to police officers. As we grow older, we too often take their sacrifices for granted. They are society’s phalanx, the wall between us and those who have no respect for law and order. They form that wall with their life. We must never forget that,” he said.
“Shreveport wakes up this morning all too aware of the sacrifices police officers make. Let us not forget tomorrow. If you see a police officer, strike up a conversation with them. Tell them how grateful you are for their service. Tell them, ‘Thank you.'”
From NTD News