A Baton Rouge firefighter who was kidnapped and robbed on Monday turned the tide when he ultimately shot, wounded and detained his captor on Monday.
The unnamed firefighter -who is also a reservist for a local law enforcement agency- was robbed at gunpoint while completing his unfinished home at around 3:30 AM in the town of Zachary.
Demanding money, 22-year-old Jaylan Franklin then took the firefighter to several ATM locations, where he could withdraw cash. Dissatisfied with the amount the fireman could withdraw, Franklin demanded he go to his residence and get his Wife’s ATM card.
Upon arrival at the firefighter’s home, Franklin threatened to kill the man and his entire family if he didn’t return to the vehicle. Telling Franklin there were big dogs inside that would attack, the firefighter bought himself some time to enter his home solo.
Telling his wife to call the police and arming himself, the firefighter soon found Franklin inside his home. Wasting no time, he shot Franklin once, dropping the thug to the ground and allowing the public servant to detain him until police arrived.
According to Baker Police Chief Carl Dunn, the victim is a full-time firefighter in the Hazardous Materials unit for the Baton Rouge Fire Department and a reserve deputy constable.
“To me, he’s a lifesaver,” Dunn told The Advocate. “The results could have been terribly different than what they actually are… My victim seems to be a hero.”
Franklin, of 21680 Ligon Road, was booked into Parish Prison Monday afternoon on one count each of aggravated kidnapping, armed robbery, aggravated burglary and resisting an officer. He also had two active arrest warrants against him issued by the Zachary Police Department.