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Suspect Arrested On Multiple Charges Including Aggravated Assault On A Police Officer

Dec 08, 2018 04:40PM ● By Staff Writer

Lafayette, La. -- In the early evening of December 7, 2018, Lafayette City Police responded to Meadow Farm Rd.  in reference to a vehicle burglary in progress. The suspect vehicle was observed fleeing the scene as officers arrived. It was then discovered that the suspect vehicle had earlier been reported stolen. As officers initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle, the suspect began fleeing at a high rate of speed as officers pursued. Due to safety concerns for the public, the pursuit was terminated. Officers later located the suspect vehicle entering an apartment complex on Robley Drive. Another traffic stop was initiated, but the suspect vehicle refused to stop and accelerated at a high rate of speed in the direction of a police vehicle. One Police Officer discharged his firearm in the direction of the suspect vehicle in effort to prevent the assault. The suspect continued fleeing and accelerated in the direction of another police vehicle striking that vehicle head on. A foot pursuit transpired and the suspect was later apprehended by officers and placed under arrest. The suspect was not struck by gunfire, but suffered minor injuries due to the vehicle accident.  

 After medical clearance, 28-year-old Patrick Neil Comeaux (W/M) of Lafayette, was arrested for Simple Burglary, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Aggravated Assault with a Motor Vehicle upon a Peace Officer, Hit & Run, Resisting an Officer, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon. He was transported to Lafayette Parish Correctional Center for booking. According to a statement released by the Lafayette Police Department, the Police Officer involved has been placed on Administrative Leave with pay. 

The investigation remains on-going and will continue to be investigated by the Lafayette Police Department.

Photo by Flint Zerangue - Parish News