SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) A recently graduated Louisiana police officer has been fatally shot as she was leaving for work on the night shift.
Chateri Payne / Facebook / MGN
Shreveport Police Chief Ben Raymond said Officer Chateri Payne, 22, who had just graduated from the police academy on Nov. 16, was shot outside a home Wednesday night.
Raymond said a child was at the residence but he doesn't know what, if anything, the child saw.
Speaking at a live-streamed news conference, Raymond said it's too early to know the motive, and a witness detained for questioning Wednesday was not arrested.
He called Payne's death "senseless" and "tragic".
KSLA reported Payne as a mother and former track star. Being an officer was a dream come true.
“Long days, aching nights, but I decided to stand tall on my dream," Payne wrote on Facebook after her graduation. “It is an honor to be able to join such a powerful family with my brothers and sisters in blue. May the journey begin.”