Stolen NOPD gun used in BR homicide reported missing in 2011

BR homicide linked to gun stolen in 2011

Jermaine Ruffen.
Jermaine Ruffen.

The New Orleans Police Department gun reportedly used in Thursday’s drug-related homicide on Evangeline Street in Baton Rouge was stolen in Baton Rouge in October 2011.

Baton Rouge police said the gun was stolen from the car of an off-duty New Orleans Police Department officer’s vehicle while it was parked in the 2100 block of Highland Road.

The officer’s gun and some other New Orleans Police Department equipment were stolen during the burglary. An arrest was made in March 2012, but none of the stolen equipment was recovered, Baton Rouge Police Lt. Don Kelly said.

On Thursday, Anthony Jerard Jones, 29, 2763 Jessamine St., was shot and killed and a 32-year-old woman with Jones at the time was shot and injured, Kelly said. The woman, whose name has not been released, is expected to survive.

The shooting occurred at 12:30 a.m. in the 5200 block of Evangeline Street while the two victims were sitting inside a Chrysler 200.

The suspect, 29-year-old Jermaine Ruffen of 1619 Mary Ellen Drive, was booked with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, illegal possession of a stolen firearm and illegal use of a weapon.

Patrol officers were in the area when they heard the shots and quickly responded, Kelly said. Ruffen was arrested following a chase with police.

The wounded woman was able to give officers a description of the suspect and an officer spotted someone on nearby Byron Street who matched that description.

When the officer tried to stop Ruffen, he ran away and threw away something, Kelly said.

A police dog tracked and found a handgun nearby that Ruffen apparently threw away as he was running. The gun appeared to have been recently fired and matched the caliber of the weapon used in the shooting on Evangeline Street, Kelly said.

Baton Rouge police determined that the gun had been stolen from the New Orleans Police Department.

According to a March 2012 arrest warrant, 22-year-old Andre Scott, of Baton Rouge, broke into the police officer’s car on Oct. 2, 2011, while it was sitting in a parking lot at 2100 Highland Road.

Scott, according to the warrant, shattered the driver’s side door window pane of the locked vehicle. Scott allegedly stole the officer’s police department-issued Glock 22 .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun, portable radio, and gold whistle. Scott also stole miscellaneous keys, jewelry and a 100-year-old 14-carat gold ladies diamond ring.

The items were reportedly stolen from a locked glove compartment and locked passenger compartment inside the vehicle.

The police officer, identified as a sergeant in the warrant, told Baton Rouge police he saw two men leaving his vehicle but he couldn’t identify them. Scott was booked with simple burglary in the crime.

<span class=”Bold”>Editor’s note: This article was changed on June 20, 2013, to correct the spelling of Jermaine Ruffen’s last name. </span>