The “coward or cowards’ who killed rookie Shreveport, La., police Officer Chateri Payne, who was fatally shot Wednesday evening, remained at giant early Friday as investigators continued their search.

Appearing police Chief Ben Raymond mentioned a witness was detained for questioning after the deadly capturing however was later launched. He didn’t say whether or not Payne’s demise was tied to a home dispute, as some media shops have reported.

“On the early stage of the investigation, we’re not prepared to rule out something,” Raymond mentioned throughout the information convention. “We are going to comply with each lead wherever they could take us, and we’ll work to establish and apprehend the coward or cowards accountable for the brutal homicide of Officer Payne.”

“We are going to comply with each lead wherever they could take us, and we’ll work to establish and apprehend the coward or cowards accountable for the brutal homicide of Officer Payne.”

— Appearing Chief Ben Raymond, Shreveport, La., police

Payne, a rookie cop and mom, was shot at the very least 4 occasions – together with as soon as within the head – outdoors a house round 8:20 p.m. Wednesday and pronounced lifeless at a hospital lower than a mile away, the Shreveport Instances reported.

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It wasn’t clear whether or not the home was hers. Authorities cited by the Instances mentioned a toddler was discovered inside the house however didn’t point out whether or not the kid was Payne’s. Police Cpl. Marcus Hines advised the Instances that Payne was on her option to work an evening shift when the capturing occurred.

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Legislation enforcement officers gave a information convention Thursday wherein they offered few particulars on the case.

“Lots of her classmates had been with us on the hospital, clearly having a tough time with this,” Raymond mentioned on the information convention. “Although I didn’t know her properly, she was a really skilled officer, very match, very clever. Her classmates spoke very extremely of her.”

Police have some details about a potential suspect however nothing sure sufficient to launch, Raymond mentioned.

“Since we’re unsure precisely who the suspect is at this level, or suspects, we’ll assume that there is presumably suspects at giant that could possibly be armed,” he mentioned.

Paynes’s family and friends paid tribute to the fallen officer on social media.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards referred to as Payne’s demise “a tragic loss” for the Shreveport group and “for all of us who depend on cops to maintain us protected.”

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Payne had graduated from the police academy in November  – simply two months earlier than her demise. In a Fb put up after her commencement, Payne wrote: “Lengthy Days. Aching Nights. However I made a decision to face tall on my dream. It’s an honor to have the ability to be part of such a robust household with my Brothers and Sisters in Blue.”

The November put up has since obtained dozens of replies, with one studying: “So saddening. Sending my deepest condolences to the household. Relaxation in peace, pricey one.”

Payne’s demise got here in the future earlier than one other feminine cop — in Davis, Calif. — was shot and killed whereas responding to a visitors accident. A suspect in that case was later discovered lifeless by police.

Fox Information’ Dom Calicchio and the Related Press contributed to this report.

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