Shreveport officer who was fatally shot has been identified

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.”

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