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Deputies: Pregnant woman feared for her life, shot and killed boyfriend during attack

3 days 2 hours 11 minutes ago Thursday, January 14 2021 Jan 14, 2021 January 14, 2021 5:00 AM January 14, 2021 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - An early morning deadly shooting was justifiable, deputies said after interviewing the woman who shot a man on Hanks Drive before sunrise.

Deputies said the woman, who was not identified, shot and killed her boyfriend as he attacked her at an apartment complex in the 6800 block around 5 a.m.  The woman, who was pregnant, is not expected to be charged.

The man who was killed was identified as Terrell Worthy, 26.

The woman having to kill her attacker comes in a new year following one that recorded a shocking increase in violent domestic situations.  In October, WBRZ reported Baton Rouge Police were tracking homicides linked to domestic violence were up 700 percent compared to 2019. 

"Violence is a socioeconomic issue, and the police cannot handle it without the help of the community," Chief Murphy Paul said at the time.

East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Deputies are handling the most recent case on Hanks Drive that happened on January 13, 2021.

Parish-wide, law enforcement and prosecutors are focused on the situation.  WBRZ has reported, the District Attorney's office is working in conjunction with other agencies to develop a response plan for domestic and dating violence.

Wednesday, the D.A.'s office said the Hanks Drive justifiable shooting was the second of 2021 tied to domestic violence.

John Price works with the IRIS Domestic Violence Center. He says the cause for most of these deadly domestic violence incidents can likely be attributed to the ongoing pandemic. 
"Then you have the added issue of isolating abusers with individuals. It's only a matter of time before that person goes off, and that's what happened I believe to a great extent in 2020," Price said.
District Attorney Hillar Moore says the women involved in both shootings are not expected to be charged. In each situation both had a right to self defense.
"People have a right to protect themselves and should defend themselves particularly when they're being attacked. That's a big number in just two weeks into 2021." 

For help getting out of a dangerous domestic violence-related situation, resources are listed below:

- IRIS: Domestic Violence Center in EBR

- Family Services of Greater Baton Rouge 

- National Domestic Violence Hotline

- Crime Stoppers

- Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence

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