L.E.A.D.: Officer-involved shooting in Plaquemine

Andrew Green

According to Plaquemine Police Chief Kenny Payne and Iberville Sheriff Brett Stassi, L.E.A.D. narcotics agents were attempting to make a traffic stop on LA Hwy. 1 just inside the city limits of Plaquemine when officers fired two shots at the vehicle just before 3 p.m. on Friday.

Narcotics units attempted to stop the vehicle with unmarked units behind and in front of the suspect’s car.  Officers were then forced to fire two shots when the vehicle initially slowed down, then attempted to drive through the road block.

After the shots were fired, the car swerved off the road and came to a rest near the railroad tracks.  According to officials, the car, driven by 32-year-old Gregory Hardin of Addis, contained a female passenger and an 18-month-old.

According to Payne and Stassi, officers struck the female passenger in the elbow.  Hardin and the 18-month-old were not harmed.  Officers apprehended Hardin and found narcotics on his person.

According to Sheriff Stassi, Hardin was involved in a high speed chase with LEAD officers through Plaquemine three months ago.

LA 1 has been closed to one lane as officers process the scene.  Louisiana State Police is assisting in the investigation which is ongoing.  The officers involved will be put on paid administrative leave.