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Newly hired officer shot dead as she was getting ready for work, chief says

Posted On: Jan 11, 2019   |   Posted By: WGN TV

SHREVEPORT, La. - A newly hired police officer was shot dead in a northwestern Louisiana home as she prepared to start her shift, officials said - and investigators are trying to find out who killed her.
Shreveport police Officer Chatéri Payne, who'd graduated from a police academy just two months ago, was in uniform and getting ready for work when she was shot on Wednesday evening, police Chief Ben Raymond said.
No one had been arrested in the shooting as of Thursday, and it was too early to know what led to the killing, Raymond said.
“We will follow every lead ... apprehend the coward or cowards” who killed her, Raymond told reporters.
Witness questioned and released
Officers responding to a 911 call found Payne wounded at the Shreveport home at about 8:20 p.m. CT, officials said.
She was rushed to a hospital, where she died within hours, Raymond said.
A witness at the home initially was detained for questioning, police said. But Raymond said that no one was in custody as of Thursday morning.
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