BRPD: Man shot, killed in home Tuesday

A 28-year-old man was shot and killed early Tuesday at his Jefferson Avenue home, Baton Rouge police said.

Shermaine Matthews, 4838 Jefferson Ave., was found lying inside his home just after midnight with multiple gunshot wounds, police spokesman Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said in a news release.

Matthews was pronounced dead at the scene, McKneely said.

The shooter was last seen fleeing from the house, McKneely said; the motive for the shooting is unknown.

Family members of Matthews could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

The homicide is the 83rd in East Baton Rouge Parish
and 67th within the city
limits in 2012, according to statistics compiled by The Advocate.

According to the statistics, 73 homicides were being investigated through August,
compared with 56 slain through that time frame in 2011 and 62 in 2009, when the parish reached a record 88 homicides.

Since August, parish law enforcement agencies have investigated five homicides in September, only one homicide in October and four so far in November, including Matthews’ killing, according to the statistics.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact police at (225) 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.