Corporal Michael Middlebrook was shot and killed while responding to a shooting at a convenience store, near the intersection of Moss Street and Van Buren Street, at approximately 10:00 pm.
The call was originally dispatched as a person with a gun but was upgraded to a shooting. As Corporal Middlebrook arrived on scene a male subject opened fire on him, engaging him in a shootout. Corporal Middlebrook was fatally wounded during the exchange.
The man fled the scene but was later arrested and charged with first degree murder and three counts of attempted first degree murder.
Corporal Middlebrook had served with the Lafayette Police Department for nine years. He is survived by his wife, 3-year-old daughter, and two young stepdaughters.