The Latest: Witness: Officer went in store, shots rang out

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4 p.m.

A witness says people apparently didn’t realize a gunman who had shot a cashier in a Louisiana convenience store was still inside when a police officer entered and was killed.

Avery Cross of Lafayette tells The Advocate he went to the 24-hour store late Sunday, but it was locked.

Cross says an employee came to the door and told him a cashier had been shot.

He says two officers showed up and one went inside. Cross says that’s when the gunman “popped out and started shooting.”

Cross says he heard at least five shots, then the gunman then came out and fired into the air, yelling for people to back up.

Authorities say 28-year-old Ian Paul Howard of Lafayette was arrested on several charges, including murder of Lafayette Police Cpl. Michael Paul Middlebrook.

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3:30 p.m.

Police in Louisiana say a 28-year-old man is accused of killing a police officer and trying to kill three other people, including a second officer.

Louisiana State Police said Monday that Ian Paul Howard of Lafayette was arrested on several charges including murder. They did not say whether Howard has a previous police record.

Lafayette Police identified the slain officer as Cpl. Michael Paul Middlebrook, a nine-year patrol veteran. He’s survived by his wife, their 3-year-old daughter, two stepdaughters and his parents.

State Police say he was killed late Sunday while answering a call about a shooting at a Big Boy convenience store.

Master Trooper Brooks David (DAH-veed) says two other people were wounded. He says Howard started a shootout and ran, but was arrested by Lafayette police.


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