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Last Modified: Friday, December 28, 2012 9:35 PM
Authorities are investigating an early Friday morning incident that left two Lake Charles men hospitalized with gunshot wounds and two city police officers injured.
Police Chief Don Dixon said the incident began just after 2:30 a.m. at the 400 block of North Martin Luther King Highway when an officer tried to pull over a car that was involved in a crash several hours earlier. The car, occupied by two men and a woman, allegedly fled from the patrol unit for several miles before the chase ended at the corner of Opelousas and North Lincoln streets near the Interstate 10 overpass.
Dixon said the driver, 23-year-old Frankie Joseph Garrick of 1130 N. Cherry St., allegedly hit an officer with the car before sideswiping another patrol unit. Officers fired shots, injuring Garrick and 23-year-old Jordan Jamarl Brown, of 1522 Brick St. Dixon said a gun, which was reported stolen in Lake Charles earlier, was recovered at the scene.
Dixon said Garrick and Brown are in a Lafayette hospital and their condition is unknown. The female was not injured and released, Dixon said.
The two officers, whose names have not been released, were treated for their injuries and released.
Garrick has two separate charges pending of attempted second-degree murder, according to Calcasieu Parish District Attorney John DeRosier. One charge involves a shooting on See Street that occurred in May 2011. His trial on both charges is set for May 20 in the 14th Judicial District Court, DeRosier said.
Brown is on probation for attempted second-degree battery and has a warrant in Evangeline Parish for a probation violation, DeRosier said.
Dixon said State Police are handling the investigation of the officers using their weapons. Sgt. James Anderson said the findings from the investigation will be turned over to the DeRosier's office for review.