Convicted felon who allegedly fired at BRPD officer used stolen gun

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 3:30pm

The suspect who allegedly fired at a Baton Rouge Police Officer after a traffic stop was booked into Parish Prison today.

The Baton Rouge Police Department reports that Melvin Trosclair, 33, of Baton Rouge was booked for Attempted First-Degree Murder of a Police Officer, Illegal Use of a Dangerous Weapon, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, and Resisting Arrest.

Trosdair is accused of firing several shots at the officer on Saturday, Aug. 11 at roughly 11:00 p.m.

The incident began after the officer, Nicholas Collins, 26, attempted a traffic stop. Reports say that Trosclair was allegedly driving in a “suspicious manner.” At some point Trosclair exited his vehicle and attempted to flee on foot. Collins pursued and tracked Trosclair to a nearby house. Trosclair managed to evade capture and reportedly ran back to his vehicle, which was located on Winbourne Ave. Officials say Trosclair then pulled out a gun and fired shots. Officer Collins returned fire and struck Trosclair in the shoulder.

A perimeter was established and Trosclair was eventually taken into custody. He was then transported to a local hospital for treatment of his wounds.

BRPD reports that the gun Trosclair allegedly used to fire at Officer Collins was reported stolen in 1999.

Officer Collins was placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure anytime an officer discharges his weapon.


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