Homeowner shoots and kills
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Homeowner kills intruder, police say
By MELISSA MOORE
Advocate staff writer
March 15, 2001
BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA -- A 26-year-old man
shot [Raymond] Cockran, 36, to death Wednesday morning after Cockran kicked open
the door of the other man's home off Thomas Road, city police said.
The man who shot Cockran, Andre Rachels, will
not be arrested, police spokesman Cpl. Don Kelly said.
Rachels told police he heard someone knocking
on the door at his home at 2265 Plantation Drive about 3 a.m. He ignored it and
went back to sleep.
About 5:45 a.m., he awakened to pounding on the
door. He got a gun and went to investigate, Kelly said.
As he reached the back door, someone outside
kicked it open. The intruder was yelling, Kelly said.
Rachels fired two shots. One hit the intruder,
later identified as Cockran, Kelly said.
Cockran retreated to the carport and collapsed.
Rachels called 911 to summon police and
paramedics, but before they could arrive, Cockran left Rachel's house and ran to
his house, which is across a T-intersection at 12071 Constance St., Kelly said.
Paramedics couldn't find him when they arrived,
but Cockran was found outside his home a few minutes later and paramedics
returned to the scene, Kelly said.
Cockran tried to refuse their aid, but they
insisted that he go to the hospital. People at the scene of the shooting did not
think his wound was life-threatening, but he died at Baton Rouge General Medical
Center Midcity a short time later, Kelly said.
Kelly said police have no idea why Cockran
would have kicked down Rachels' door.
Rachels, who was alone in the house at the time
of the shooting, said he knew Cockran, who had worked for his lawn service. He
said he suspects Cockran may have been impaired by drugs or alcohol.
Wednesday afternoon, Rachels said the horror of
what had happened was just beginning to sink in.
"It could have been me," he said,
expressing concern that Cockran had threatened others Tuesday night and had been
wielding some kind of weapon in the neighborhood.
He said that everywhere he looks, the scene at
the back door replays in front of him. The door being kicked open. His firing.
"It is surely not something I was ready to
do," he said. "It's a tragedy."
Rachels said he has spoken to Cockran's sister
since the shooting.
"My sympathy goes out to his family,"
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