Vincent Harris, 51

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
July 20, 2020

Agencies: Baton Rouge Police Department Louisiana

Cause of death: Shooting

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Last updated: almost 4 years ago


Vincent Harris was fatally shot by Louisiana police after officers said he pointed a gun at them.

Baton Rouge police officers fired more than a dozen shots at Vincent Harris, 51, on Monday after he pointed a gun at them, The Advocate reported, citing officials. It’s unclear how many times he was shot.

Officers arrived at Harris’ apartment near Louisiana State University early Monday morning to take him into custody on warrants for attempted second-degree murder, aggravated second-degree battery, second-degree kidnapping and domestic abuse battery, according to Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul.

Harris’ girlfriend was hospitalized with severe cuts to her hand in May after a series of violent encounters with the suspect, according to an arrest warrant. The woman said that at one point, Harris grabbed a “long edged weapon” she described as a machete and struck her with it, according to the documents obtained by news outlets.

Paul said investigators confronted Harris at the Baton Rouge apartment Monday after receiving a tip. Video from body-worn cameras released by the department appeared to show Harris, a Black man, pointing a gun at officers near the doorway of the apartment before officers opened fire.

Harris was pronounced dead at the scene.