BATONROUGE, La. -- A man arrested in connection with a murder in Baton Rouge may have used a stolen New Orleans Police Department service weapon in the fatal double shooting, according to the the Baton Rouge Police Department.
Jermaine Ruffen, 29, was charged with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder, according to the sheriff's office. The shooting occurred around 5:30 a.m. Thursday in the 5200 block of Evangeline Street. The shooting injured one woman and left Anthony Jones, 29, dead.
'Evidence indicates the two victims were inside a Chrysler 200 and engaged in an illegal drug transaction with the suspect, who shot both of them and fled,' Lt. Don Kelly of BRPD said.
Patrol officers near the area heard the shots and responded to the scene, finding the wounded female victim, Kelly said.
'The female victim was able to give officers a description of the suspect and an officer spotted a suspect matching the description nearby on Byron Street. When the officer attempted the stop and question the suspect, he ran, discarding something he was carrying,' Kelly said.
Ruffen was captured by police shortly after running and a K-9 unit found the handgun. According to police, the gun had been recently fired and matched a stolen NOPD service weapon, Kelly said.
'The gun used in the shootings on Evangeline last night was reported stolen here in Baton Rouge in October 2011 by an off-duty NOPD officer whose car was broken into while it was parked in the 2100 block of Highland Road,' Kelly said. 'His issued NOPD gun and some other issued NOPD equipment was stolen. An arrest was made in the burglary in March of 2012 but none of the stolen equipment was recovered.'
The female victim suffered serious injuries in the shooting, but she is expected to survive the incident, according to police.
Ruffen was also booked with possession of firearm by a felon, illegal possession of a stolen firearm and ann illegal use of a weapon.