Police battery, carjacking suspect caught, St. John Sheriff’s Office says

Published 12:37 pm Monday, April 17, 2017

EDGARD — An Edgard man wanted for police battery and carjacking following a violent escape last week from deputies was arrested Monday afternoon, local authorities said.

The St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office had asked for the public’s help locating the suspect earlier in the day.

Deputies first attempted to arrest Kim Shepherd, 27, Thursday in Edgard for outstanding warrants when he struck an officer in the chest, fled on foot eastbound toward Louisiana 640 and then returned to the 700 block of Louisiana 3127, where he entered a parked vehicle occupied by a woman, authorities said.

Kim Shepherd

“As Shepherd attempted to put the car in drive, the woman exited the vehicle,” according to a Sheriff’s Office release. “Shepherd then fled in the vehicle, traveling at a speed over 100 mph and disregarding traffic signs. He then crashed into a field on River Road and fled in an unknown direction on foot.”

Officers canvassed the area Thursday but were unable to locate the suspect.

Shepherd was wanted for hit and run driving, reckless operation of a vehicle, aggravated flight from an officer, two counts of resisting an officer, battery of a police officer and carjacking.