Jun 24, 2014 12:13 PM by Letitia Walker
State Police have released the name of the man they saw shot a Jennings officer on Monday. 30-year-old George D. Lowdins of Jennings is facing, among other charges, a charge of attempted first degree murder of a police officer.
Troopers say shortly after 11:00 a.m. Monday, two officers with the Jennings Police Department responded to a disturbance call on the 100 block of East South Street in Jennings. They say a woman inside the home told officers there was a man inside the residence, but he didn't come out when officers asked him to.
Troopers say while searching the residence, Sergeant Benoit was shot in the neck by Lowdins with a .380 caliber pistol. Lowdins allegedly had been hiding in a bathroom closet and attempted to flee the scene after shooting Benoit. State Police say the other officer in the home was able to subdue Lowdins.
Sergeant Benoit was transported by air ambulance to a Lafayette hospital. No one else was injured.
Jennings Police Chief Todd D'Albor requested the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations to conduct the investigation. Investigators arrived and were assisted by Louisiana State Police Troop D and Troop I as well as the Jennings Police Department, Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff's Office, and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office Forensic Investigations Unit.
During questioning by State Police investigators, Lowdins allegedly admitted shooting Sergeant Benoit. Lowdins was booked into the Jefferson Davis Parish Jail and was charged with attempted first degree murder of a police officer, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, resisting an officer by flight, and domestic abuse battery. The case remains under investigation.
Sergeant Benoit remains hospitalized in critical but stable condition.