Man hit with wrench during fight in BR dies
Baton Rouge police are investigating the death of a man who was struck in the head with a wrench during a fight Thursday.
A woman walking toward her parked car in the 3000 block of Lorraine Street at 3:35 a.m. Thursday saw that the lights were on and someone appeared to be inside the vehicle, said Lt. Don Kelly, a Baton Rouge Police Department spokesman, in a Sunday news release.
The woman, who was not identified, alerted her 28-year old boyfriend, who also was not identified. He armed himself with a wrench and found Jerry Sheppard, 47, 5746 Avenue K, Zachary, inside the car, Kelly said.
Sheppard and the boyfriend began fighting, and at some point, Sheppard was struck in the head with the wrench, Kelly said.
He was taken to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, where he died Friday night from head injuries.
Kelly said he couldn’t say whether Sheppard had broken into the vehicle or was attempting to burglarize it.
No one has been charged with a crime, but the investigation is continuing, Kelly said.
Authorities arrest two on suspicion of DWI
Authorities arrested at least two people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Sunday and 2:30 p.m. Monday, booking records show.
Those booked and the counts against them:
- Brandon Hill, 34, 351 S. 20th St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, improper lane usage, hit and run, speeding, flight from officer and brake lights required.
- James Major, 24, 12316 Catalina Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, failure to maintain control.
Compiled from staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225)388-0369.