Man turns himself in after shooting woman in Baker Police parking lot

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BAKER, La. (BRPROUD)- A Baker man is being questioned after turning himself in for allegedly shooting his partner.

The woman was just steps away from help when it happened. She fled from harm and called the police for help. When she arrived at the Baker Police Department parking lot the suspect blocked her in and began shooting.

“She was about 60 feet away from our front door. He shot at her twice in the lower body,” Police Chief Carl Dunn said. “I reviewed the video a million times, my officers did everything they could. This incident happened in a matter of 20 seconds”

The victim is in critical condition in the hospital.

Meanwhile, on Thursday morning, the suspect Fredrick Roddey turned himself in. Dunn expects him to face attempted murder charges. 

Dunn is claiming this incident as a domestic violence case. This is not the first time the two individuals have reported a domestic violence complainant.

According to Dunn, the department averages 15 domestic violence calls in a month.

“Staying in a toxic relationship when your kids are being taught and trained that this could be normal behavior is not good for anybody,” Dunn said.

 Dunn said the coronavirus pandemic is a contributor to triggering domestic violence.

“Financial instability creates a stress level that your tolerance level gets lower and lower the more stress you are under,” Dunn said.

Those who want to seek assistance or report domestic violence can do so by contacting the Baker Police Department at 775-6000.

The department also offers counseling and shelters for these cases.

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