Officer hits suspect with patrol car
A 20-year-old man is accused of robbing a woman at gunpoint early Thursday morning in a club parking lot, shooting at her after he fled on a bicycle and later shooting at a Baton Rouge police officer who tried to stop him.
After Ryan Steven Jones, of Baton Rouge, fired a shot at the officer’s marked police unit, the officer accelerated and struck Jones, who was then arrested, according to a probable cause document.
Jones, 3402 Pioneer Drive, was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison early Thursday on counts of attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, attempted first-degree murder and armed robbery, the document said.
The incident began about midnight in the parking lot of Pisces Lounge, near North Acadian Thruway and Gus Young Avenue.
According to the arrest document, Jones approached a woman in the club’s parking lot, pointed a handgun at her and demanded her purse.
She handed over the purse, and Jones jumped on a bicycle, pedaling north on North Acadian, the arrest document said.
It doesn’t appear the woman knew Jones, said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a Baton Rouge police spokesman.
“It was just a random act,” McKneely said.
After the robbery, the woman got into her car and followed Jones, calling police in the process. When Jones saw her behind him, he hopped off the bicycle, steadied his weapon and fired a shot at the woman’s vehicle, according to police.
Shortly after, a responding officer driving south on North 31st Street, about two blocks west of the club, saw Jones running with a gun in hand.
When the officer “attempted to contact” Jones, the 20-year-old fired a single shot at the officer’s marked police unit, the document said.
The officer then speeded up and hit Jones, enabling police to arrest Jones without further incident,the document said.
Jones was taken to a hospital, but did not suffer any serious injuries, McKneely said.
Jones is being held in Parish Prison on $125,000 bail, according to prison records.
The Police Department will conduct its own investigation as to whether the officer followed proper procedure when he struck Jones with his marked police unit after being shot at, McKneely said.