VIOLET, La. (WGNO) – An 18-year-old wanted for first-degree murder in Memphis was arrested in Violet Sunday night after running from St. Bernard Parish deputies.
According to the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office, Kyle Baptiste was with a few other people in a vacant lot about 8 p.m. when deputies approached the group to see what they were doing.
Baptiste ran from a deputy, who chased Baptiste until the suspect complied with orders to stop. The deputy saw the 18-year-old throw a .40-caliber handgun while he was running.
Baptiste is wanted for first-degree murder in Memphis. The victim in Memphis was shot 13 times by two people, the sheriff’s office said. It happened last year, when Baptiste was 16 years old.
The gun Baptiste threw out in St. Bernard Parish was reported stolen in Memphis.
Baptiste was booked into the St. Bernard Parish Jail as a fugitive from Memphis and was also booked with illegal carrying of a weapon, possession of a stolen firearm and resisting arrest.
Baptiste said he has family in the New Orleans area.