- Associated Press - Monday, June 23, 2014

JENNINGS, La. (AP) - A Jennings police officer was shot in the neck Monday after responding to a domestic disturbance call.

Officer Ricky Benoit was in stable condition after being airlifted to a Lafayette hospital.

Police Chief Todd D’Albor told The American Press of Lake Charles (https://bit.ly/1l436tN ) that Benoit had been shot in the neck.

“The location of the gunshot is in an area that is very sensitive, but he is alert and in good spirits,” D’Albor said.

Jennings’ Deputy Police Chief Danny Semmes said a suspect was in custody.

Benoit, a 25-year veteran of the Jennings Police Department, was shot while attempting to speak to a man inside a residence.

Police had been called to the residence in response to a fight between a boyfriend and girlfriend, D’Albor said.

He said a second officer was outside the residence talking with the female while Benoit went inside to talk to the male subject. As the second officer was going into the residence, he heard the shots fired, D’Albor said.

Louisiana State Police are investigating. The agency confirmed that a male suspect was detained and was interviewed by investigators. Sgt. James Anderson said state police were withholding the name of the suspect pending further investigation.

Benoit was the first Jennings police officer shot since 2004, when Officer Burt LeBlanc was fatally shot and two others wounded responding to a 911 call.

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Information from: American Press, https://www.americanpress.com

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