Police arrest two Baton Rouge men in Rosenwald Grocery shooting


Photo of Jarvez Matthews

The Baton Rouge Police Department arrested two men Sunday after a shooting incident at Rosenwald Grocery on Southern Avenue.

Kerry Dewayne Ruffin, 20, faces charges of principal to attempt second degree murder and principal to illegal use of a weapon, according to an affidavit.

Photo of Kerry Ruffin.

Jarvez Jontrell Matthews, 21, faces charges of attempted second degree murder and illegal use of a weapon.

Photo of Jarvez Matthews

Security footage shows Ruffin, or someone fitting his description, entering the store, followed by Matthews, or someone fitting his description, according to the affidavit.

Matthews allegedly got into an argument with another customer, who brandished a weapon. A physical altercation ensued before a store clerk broke it up and escorted the victim out the store.

That’s when Ruffin allegedly gave Matthews a handgun. Matthews reportedly then chased the victim outside of the store and fired multiple shots at him.

Police located Ruffin at a residence on Rosenwald Road, where they also found the handgun they believe was used in the shooting, the affidavit reveals.

Ruffin reportedly admitted to police that he committed the crime and tried to hide the handgun.

Matthews reportedly told police he asked Ruffin for the gun and returned the gun to Ruffin after shooting the victim, according to the affidavit.

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