Authorities with Breaux Bridge Police Department, in conjunction with St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana State Police, and Louisiana Probation and Parole, confirm that the suspect who allegedly pulled the gun on the trooper at a Breaux Bridge gas station is identified as Travis Jean-Louis. Louis is booked on two counts of aggravated assault of peace officer with a firearm, hate crimes and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He is also booked on numerous unrelated charges, including distribution of crystal meth, distribution of marijuana, accessory to distribution of synthetic cannabinoids within 2,000 feet of a school zone and criminal damage to property.
Jean-Louis’ wife, Clarice, was also arrested for distribution of synthetic cannabinoids within 2,000 feet of a school zone.
Both Jean-Louis and his wife have been booked into the St. Martin Parish Jail.
Authorities are investigating a Texas State Trooper’s report that he was threatened at gunpoint at the Pilot Travel Center in Breaux Bridge over the weekend.
The incident happened between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. Saturday while the off-duty trooper was pumping gas at the station off of Interstate 10, Breaux Bridge Police Chief Rollie Cantu said. The trooper, who was driving an unmarked vehicle, was traveling east with his family.
The suspect approached the trooper in either a Honda or Impala and exchanged words with the officer before brandishing the handgun, Cantu said.
“It is my understanding that the suspect asked the trooper if he was a police officer and then showed his weapon,” Cantu told The Daily Advertiser. “The trooper then responded by showing his weapon and the suspect took off at a high speed through the parking lot.”
The officer’s family was inside the station when the incident occurred.
The Breaux Bridge Police Department is working with Louisiana State Police on the investigation, which began Monday morning, Cantu said.
“It’s one of those situations that you just can’t take lightly,” Cantu said. “It’s a very sad situation. Many law enforcement officers feel like they now have to carry their badge or their weapon even when they are off duty.”