On, March 2, 2016 around 2:45 p.m., a Correctional Officer with the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office was travelling south in the 5000 block of Louisiana Highway 1 By-Pass when his vehicle was passed illegally in the center turn lane by a black 2011 Chevrolet Camaro. The driver of the Chevrolet Camaro, Albert Middleton, continued to travel south and stopped at the intersection of Louisiana Highway 1 By-Pass and University Parkway for the red traffic light. The Sheriff’s Correctional Officer pulled next to Albert Middleton in an attempt to identify himself as a law enforcement officer but was ignored. When the traffic light changed to green Albert Middleton continued heading south and pulled into the U.S.D.A. Rural Development Office where he was approached by the Sheriff’s Correctional Officer. While being approached Albert Middleton put his vehicle into reverse in an attempt to leave the scene and nearly crushed the Sheriff’s Correctional Officer between the two vehicles. The Sheriff’s Correctional Officer was able to free himself and get in front of Albert Middleton’s vehicle. While the Sheriff’s Correctional Officer was in front of Albert Middleton’s vehicle he was struck by the front bumper and in fear of his life fired one round striking the front drivers side tire of the vehicle. Albert Middleton then fled the scene and was arrested later in the afternoon by the Natchitoches Police Department near his residence.
Albert Middleton is charged with Attempted First Degree Murder and was placed in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.
The Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Correctional Officer has been placed on paid administrative leave while the Natchitoches Police Department continues to investigate the incident.
If you would like to report suspicious activity or an emergency please contact the Natchitoches Police Department at (318) 352-8101 or if you have additional information in regards to this investigation please contact Detective Jeff Townson at (318) 357-3852. Remember all information given shall remain confidential.