Sep 13, 2010 10:57 AM
RAYVILLE, La. (AP) - A Rayville police officer was shot and killed when he confronted burglary suspects Saturday in a house just outside the town, and a Ruston office was in serious condition
after a shooting early Monday at a car dealership.
Richland Parish Sheriff Charles McDonald said deputies booked three men with first-degree murder of a police officer in the death Saturday night of Sgt. Thomas M. Alexander, 57, and with aggravated burglary.
Ruston Police Cpl. Marchale Canty, 38, was in serious condition after surgery, said Elaine King, a spokeswoman for LSU Hospital in Shreveport. Police were looking for a man who drove off in a blue
SUV, possibly a Dodge Durango, after shooting him several times early Monday at a car repair shop, said a statement from Ruston Police Lt. Tim Parker.
McDonald said Alexander answered a call from an elderly woman who heard glass breaking in her house just outside Rayville.
Louisiana State Police, who are investigating, said Robert J. Walker, 52, of Rayville, was arrested at the scene, Anthony D. Oatis, 30, of Monroe, two hours later in Richland Parish and
Richard L. Long Jr., 33, of Monroe, Sunday morning in Monroe.
McDonald said that although the house was about a mile outside city limits, Alexander went there because the nearest deputy was about 10 miles away. He made sure the woman was safe and told her to run, the sheriff said.
He said that, as the 13-year veteran approached a closet, he was shot about four times. "Basically, he got ambushed," McDonald said. "Protect and serve: That's exactly what Tommy did," McDonald said. "He went out of his jurisdiction to help us."
Police found Walker hiding under a bed. McDonald said the murder weapon had not yet been recovered, and the department is waiting on a pathology report to determine the
type of weapon used.