Police officer Chateri Payne is a graduate of the academy only two years ago. She was fatally shot Wednesday evening that she was leaving for work in the night shift with the Shreveport, La., the department of the police. (Facebook)
The “coward or cowards’, who killed rookie Shreveport, La., police officer Chateri Payne, who was fatally shot Wednesday night remained at large early Friday, as the researchers continue with their quest.
Acting police chief Ben Raymond said a witness was detained for questioning after the fatal shooting, but was later released. He did not say whether Payne’s death was tied to a domestic dispute, as some media have reported.
“In the first phase of the research, we are not prepared to rule out anything,” Raymond said during the press conference. “We follow every lead, where they us, and we will work to identify and apprehend the coward or cowards responsible for the brutal murder of the Officer Payne.”
“We follow every lead, where they us, and we will work to identify and apprehend the coward or cowards responsible for the brutal murder of the Officer Payne.”
— Acting Chief Ben Raymond, Shreveport, La., police
Payne, a rookie cop, and mother, was shot at least four times – including once in the head outside a house at around 8:20 p.m. Wednesday and pronounced dead at a hospital less than a mile away, the Shreveport Times reported.
It was not clear whether the house was of her. Authorities cited by the Times said a child was found in the house, but does not indicate whether the child was Payne’s. The police Cpl. Marcus Hines told the Times that Payne was on her way to work in a night shift, when the shooting took place.
Law enforcement officials gave a press conference Thursday in which they provide a few details about the case.
“Many of her classmates were with us in the hospital, of course, is having a difficult time with this,” Raymond said at the press conference. “Although I don’t know her well, she was a very professional officer, very capable, very intelligent. Her classmates spoke very highly of her.”
The police information about a possible suspect, but nothing certain enough to release, Raymond said.
“Because we don’t exactly who the suspect is at this point, or suspect, we’re going to assume that there may be suspects that may be armed,” he said.
Max’s friends and family paid tribute to the fallen officer’s of social media.
Louisiana Gov. Call John Edwards called Payne’s death “a tragic loss” for the Shreveport community, and “for all of us who rely on the police to keep us safe.”
Payne was a graduate of the police academy in November – exactly two months before her death. In a Facebook post after her graduation, Payne wrote: “the Long Days. Painful Nights. But I decided to stand on my dream. It is an honor to be able to join such a powerful family with my Brothers and Sisters in Blue.”
The November post has received since dozens of answers, with a lecture: “it is So sad. Sending my deepest condolences to the family. Rest in peace, my dear.”
Payne’s death came one day for another woman cop — in Davis, California. — was shot and killed while responding to a traffic accident. A suspect in that case was later found dead by the police.
Fox News’ Dom Calicchio and the Associated Press contributed to this report.