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UPDATE — Jennings Police Officer Shot In Neck, In Critical Condition, Suspect Named

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UPDATE: Tuesday, 11:52 a.m. — The shooter is being identified as George D. Lowdins, who has been charged with been charged with attempted first-degree murder, possession of a firearm by a felon, resisting an officer by flight and domestic abuse battery.  Lowdins ambushed Benoit from a closet.  Louisiana State Police have taken over the investigation.

UPDATE:  1:03 p.m. — The officer is being identified as Ricky Benoit, and he took a gunshot wound to the neck.

UPDATE:  12:49 p.m. — Louisiana State Police confirm they have the suspect in custody.  The officer was responding to a domestic disturbance call shortly after 11 a.m. this morning.  The officer, whose name has not yet been released, was airlifted to a Lafayette hospital.

Detectives are interviewing a witness who was inside the home at the time of the shooting.

ORIGINAL POST:  Jennings Police Chief Todd D’Albor confirmed that a Jennings police officer was shot and wounded earlier this morning while on duty.

Early information puts the officer on South Street during the shooting.  Details have not yet been released.

Keep checking back for updates.

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