A Louisiana police officer was fatally shot while on her way to work on Wednesday night, according to authorities.
Shreveport Police Chief Ben Raymond said during a press conference on Thursday that “we will use every resource at our disposal” to bring Chateri Payne’s killer to justice.
“It’s too early to know what the cause of this tragic murder was,” the police chief said.
Payne was shot four times, including once in the head, according to NBC 6 News and Fox 33 in Louisiana. She was in uniform when she was killed.
Raymond said he did not believe that the officer was able to discharge her weapon.
A witness was questioned on Wednesday, but has been released.
Payne was hired by the department in July, and it was “evident to all she had a true calling to serve,” according to Raymond.
“She was a very professional officer, very intelligent,” he said. “Classmates spoke very highly of her.”
“We have lost one of our own,” the Shreveport Police Officers Association said in a statement early Thursday. “She was young, and she was beautiful. She was proving herself to be a capable professional, dedicated to serving the citizens of Shreveport. We lift her family in prayer, and we thank you for allowing her to be a part of us.”
She had just completed her officer training in November, according to her Facebook page, and graduated from high school in 2014.
“Yesterday was law-enforcement appreciation day,” Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins wrote on Facebook on Thursday. “Sadly, Shreveport wakes up painfully aware of the sacrifices police officers make every day.”