Louisiana police officer who was shot before starting work has died

The Louisiana police officer who was shot Wednesday evening before starting her graveyard shift has died, two sources in city government have said. The officer was shot outside a home in the Caddo Heights neighborhood on the west side of Shreveport.

The officer, who was in uniform, was  on her way to start a graveyard shift when she was shot around 8:20 p.m. local time. The officer suffered serious, life-threatening injuries, Cpl. Marcus Hines said. 

Authorities did not immediately explain the circumstances of the shooting. Authorities also did not disclose the officer’s name, rank, gender or condition.

She was later identified as Chatéri Payne, according to the two sources and to multiple posts to Facebook pages. Payne was a 2014 graduate of Captain Shreve High School, where she ran track. She completed officer training in November, according to her Facebook page.

The officer was taken to Ochsner LSU Health hospital  where police officers and others had assembled for a somber gathering.

Relatives of the slain officer were said to be in the hospital. Among the people there were Police Chief Ben Raymond and Shreveport City Councilman Jerry Bowman Jr.

Police said one person had been detained for questioning.

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