Chief Asks Public To Pray For Gunman Shot While Trying To Murder His Officers

Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul asked the public to pray for the gunman who had opened fire on police officers.

Baton Rouge, LA – A 19-hour standoff between Baton Rouge police and a gunman who had been taking shots at them all night ended Tuesday morning when the shooter ran out of the house and opened fire on officers.

“Unfortunately, it ended today when [the gunman] exited the rear of the house and at one point fired a weapon at our officers who returned fire,” Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul told reporters at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.

“Right now, he is at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital,” Chief Paul continued. “We’re going to ask the public to please keep him and his kids – my understanding is that he had five, he had five kids – keep him and his family in your prayers.”

Sources said that officers were not happy that their police chief asked the public to pray for a suspect who had just tried to kill a number of law enforcement officers.

The incident began on Monday after narcotics officers initiated a traffic stop on a suspect who had just left a drug house, according to The Advocate.

The suspect fled and ran into a home in the 4200-block of Sycamore Street at about 4 p.m. on Aug. 26, WAFB reported.

He barricaded himself in the house and a more than 19-hour standoff began, during which the suspect fired more than a dozen shots at police, according to The Advocate.

Chief Paul told reporters that police negotiated with the man for 17 hours before he stepped outside the home shortly after 11 a.m. and started shooting.

Police returned fire and the gunman – later identified as Keith Carter – was fatally shot, WAFB reported.

"They did everything in their power to end this peacefully," Chief Paul said.

Police said Carter told officers that he wasn’t going back to jail, The Advocate reported.

During negotiations, police allowed Carter’s long-time friend, attorney Nyles Haymer, to try to talk Carter down, WAFB reported.

“Nobody really thought it was as serious as it was,” Haymer said. “BRPD allowed me to actually talk to Keith over a PA system to see if I could talk to Keith and see if I could get him to come out of the home. It was a very, very tough moment for me and I know really, really hard for this family.”

“I tried my best and I was praying for him. I hate that it ended this way,” he told The Advocate.

Haymer said Carter had been struggling with mental health problems and had battled cancer for years, according to WAFB.

“Based on all of the treatment that he went through medically and based on his mental health problems, he just really felt tired,” he said. “He was just tired of going on. Was it suicide by cop? I don’t know... I can’t say, but it felt like it today.”

The attorney credited the Baton Rouge Police Department for trying to achieve a different outcome, WAFB reported.

“I know they were out there hard at work trying to get Keith to come out and lay that weapon down,” Haymer said.

Members of Carter’s family had gathered near police barricades to watch and wait for the standoff to end, according to The Advocate.

"Keith was a brother, uncle, father and son. His family was out there and they heard the shots that killed their loved one," Haymer said. "That's traumatic for anyone."

Chief Paul said that the Louisiana State Police would be heading up the investigation into the officer-involved shooting, WAFB reported.

Comments (68)
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gfc1963
gfc1963

Is he for real?? He wants people to pray for someone who wanted to kill his officers?? He should be sacked immediately.

Ngtowl1966
Ngtowl1966

But yet he didn’t thank God his officers weren’t hurt or killed,he’s a POS

Grampsdeal
Grampsdeal

It's called Grace.

Officer Cynical
Officer Cynical

This should surprise no one. Just one more administrator who's more politician than police officer. They're everywhere.

flybynight
flybynight

"Haymer (perps lawyer)said Carter had been struggling with mental health problems and had battled cancer for years, according to WAFB."

This part of the story might give the trolls the crack they need to slither in and make their usual childish comments. We shall see.

Ron1617
Ron1617

Our Police Departments need to grow some b**ls.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

I wonder who will support his 5 children........

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Isn't that what you're supposed to be doing as a Christian anyway? Pray for those souls who need it most?

flybynight
flybynight

Well one troll finally reared his ugly head 🙄

shooter
shooter

5 kids...

And, probably 5 different baby-mamas.

And, probably all on weffare.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Talk about the ultimate kick in the face by your administration......

Janko
Janko

Amen. May he have the grace of repentence. Confess his sins, and when he gets out of prison, sin no more.

DixieBlue
DixieBlue

Is this not the same department that lost several officers in one day a few years ago, and some more were wounded? At least one lived but is totally dependent on others to help him. If I'm correct, he can't talk or move.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

This chief needs to go. He's a huge POS that doesn't support his officers, but is pandering to the black lies matter crowd since the Alton Sterling BS and the Gavin Eugene Long shootout. He fired officers over Sterling. He's a huge phony.

I get we need to pray for everyone, including evil people, but how about pray for your own officers first shit bag.

Les_gpt
Les_gpt

Did not Jesus say love thy enemy?. HYPOCRITES!! You call on God this and that but only when it benefits you and your agenda!!!

RPG156
RPG156

Perhaps all the prayers were answered after all...

Gramercy
Gramercy

GOD WILL DO JUSTICE!

Bud
Bud

He has no business leading police officers, he's no better than a politician!

Stanracer
Stanracer

Wait....what??? This chief is a disgrace to the police service. He should be fired.

RETDEP170PCSO
RETDEP170PCSO

I cannot speak to the Chief's past actions or motive. But, I hope that he is sincere in his heart in this request and not just grandstanding. One of the most difficult parts of being a Christian is to love our enemies as commanded. Matthew 5:44. While hard, I do pray for my transgressor's.

Woobie46
Woobie46

“Unfortunately, it ended today when [the gunman] exited the rear of the house and at one point fired a weapon at our officers who returned fire,” Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul told reporters at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? THE CHIEF SAID IT WAS UNFORTUNATE THAT IT ENDED? HE WANTS US TO PRAY FOR THE ASSHOLE WHO WAS TRYING TO KILL POLICE? IF the cops who work there stand for this, they are complicit with this IGNORANT BLACK RACIST!

MKD23
MKD23

Actually, I DID pray for him. My prayers were answered! Dead.
Prayers for the officers that had to endure his “tired” ass.

mblake101
mblake101

My God, after retiring five years ago with 42 year LE career, how did we ever get to this point??? Ratings-driven media, two-faced politicians and spineless administrators are destroying the hearts, souls and minds of today’s officers. I am so profoundly saddened that our brave men and women are forced to serve under these conditions. Prayers go out to all of you.

Terminaters168
Terminaters168

Would the chief ask for prayers for this Man if he was white. I doubt it

Flynguy
Flynguy

NAPA! It’s what they do.

NickyJ
NickyJ

Now I have heard everything. The chief has his head so far up own ass. I guess he likes the view from there. POS

maksdaddy09
maksdaddy09

He needs to be prayed for. He needs help clearly he didn't have guidance early in life. clearly the chief thinks this guy needs Jesus.

Les_gpt
Les_gpt

so many sad jaundiced individuals commenting on here. It is horrible that you seek to weaponize prayer and Christianity. How can you ask a God of love and eternal happiness for the violent death of someone else?!