A rookie Shreveport police officer was fatally shot as she prepared for her shift Wednesday night.
Officer Chatéri Payne was about to go on duty when she was shot multiple times shortly before 8:30 p.m. on Midway Avenue in the city’s Caddo Heights neighborhood.
The 22-year-old had only been on the force for two months. She graduated from the Shreveport Police and Fire Training Academy in November, fulfilling her dream of becoming a police officer.
Payne, who leaves behind a young child, is a Shreveport native and graduate of Captain Shreve High School, where she ran track as a member of the relay team.
Shreveport Police Chief Ben Raymond called Officer Payne’s killing a “senseless, tragic death,” and said they were working tirelessly to find her killer.
Funeral arrangements are pending.