Lafayette officer shot while searching for suspect in earlier shooting

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LAFAYETTE, Louisiana — A Lafayette police officer is in stable condition following an overnight shooting.

The shooting took place around 11:30 p.m. Thursday at the Willow Apartments.

Police say the officer was searching an apartment for 23-year-old Chase Chaisson, of Lafayette, a suspect in another shooting that took place Thursday morning when the Chaisson and the officer exchanged gunfire.

Although the Chaisson was wounded, police say he fled to a nearby truck stop, forced his way into a pickup and ordered the driver to take him away from the scene. Chaisson was arrested following a chase into Crowley.

The officer, whose name has not been released, is a 3 1/2 veteran of the police force.

Once out of the hospital, Chaisson faces several charges including attempted first-degree murder of a police officer.

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