*In Shreveport, LA funeral services were recently held for rookie police officer Chatéri Payne. She died after being shot by her boyfriend and the father of her child in the driveway of their home.
Treveon Anderson, her boyfriend, as well as two other men, have been arrested on second-degree murder charges in connection to the killing
Anderson was arrested after his cousin, Lawrence Pierre, identified him as the shooter and told investigators where the gun used to shoot Payne could be found.
Anderson, who is 26 years old, Pierre, who is 22 years old, and another man, Glenn Frierson, who is 38 years old, were arrested on Tuesday on preliminary charges of second-degree murder in the January 9 death of Payne.
The incident happened back on January 9 when Anderson called 911 to report that Payne had been shot. Police officers who responded found her wounded in her police uniform as she was preparing to go to work. She was taken to a hospital, where she died roughly two hours later.
Anderson was taken to a detective’s office to be questioned. He initially claimed that an unknown assailant, whom he tried to chase, attacked Payne.
“He advised he was inside of the residence when he heard gunshots, and then went outside and shot at a person wearing all black clothing, whom he believed to be the suspect,” police Chief Ben Raymond said. “He (claimed he) then noticed that Officer Payne had been shot.”
After hearing his account of what happened, Anderson was let go by the police the next morning. However, it seems the police were suspicious of Anderson and believed all along that he was lying and he was actually the one who shot Payne.
Apparently their belief was borne out because according to a police report, Pierre told investigators in a videotaped interview “that he witnessed Treveon Anderson shoot Payne multiple times, resulting in her death.” He admitted that he participated in the crime and also implicated that Frierson was present during the murder.
Pierre led the investigators to where he hid the weapon used in the murder and they have found a .40-caliber handgun, which was not Payne’s service weapon, according to Raymond.
Raymond also said that the couple’s 2-year-old child was at the home when the shooting happened but he believed the child didn’t witness it.
But what abouty the motive for the killing? Well, so far authorities have not yet released one, but said that Pierre and Frierson were “accomplices.”
Finally, the three suspects are being held on a $500,000 bail each. They are set to appear to court on April 30 for a preliminary examination. Should they be convicted of second-degree murder, they will each face a life term in prison without benefit of probation, parole or reduction in sentence.