Multi-parish chase of Lafayette suspect ends in BR

Lafayette man accused of burglary

Damon Henderson
Damon Henderson

A Lafayette man who led authorities on a multi-parish chase after a home burglary in Lafayette Parish was in custody after wrecking his car near downtown Baton Rouge on Tuesday afternoon.

During the chase, at least one shot was fired between West Baton Rouge Parish deputies and the suspect, Damon Henderson, said Col. Richie Johnson, of the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office. Who fired the shot is still under investigation, he said.

Henderson, 38, 2002 E. Simcoe St., Lafayette, will be booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a fugitive warrant once he is released from Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, officials said.

He will be transported to the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center, where he will be booked on one count each of simple burglary and aggravated flight from an officer, said Capt. Kip Judice, of the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Judice said a homeowner in the 3600 block of Golden Grain Road, just west of Lafayette, saw a white sedan he did not recognize leaving his home at 10:26 a.m. Tuesday and alerted the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office.

He told deputies one of the items missing from his home was a handgun, Judice said.

A deputy spotted the fleeing vehicle on Golden Grain and continued onto South Fieldspan Road where the white sedan reached 115 mph, Judice said.

The deputy stopped the pursuit because of the sedan’s high speed and road and traffic conditions on South Fieldspan, but not before identifying Henderson as the suspect and driver based on the vehicle’s registration and a positive ID from the homeowner, Judice said.

Henderson continued driving until he was spotted by an off-duty West Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputy, Johnson said.

The deputy saw the alert from Lafayette Parish and tried unsuccessfully to pull the fleeing vehicle over, Johnson said.

The deputy continued the chase into East Baton Rouge Parish where Baton Rouge police jumped in to assist.

The chase ended when Henderson wrecked on the North Street exit ramp from Interstate 110.

Henderson also could face charges in Acadia Parish where he is a suspect in a Sept. 30 burglary on Standard Mill Road, said Deputy Maxine Trahan, of the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office.

She said the detectives could issue an arrest warrant for Henderson on Wednesday once they review the case again.