Louisiana State Police detectives are conducting a joint investigation after a Mangham Police Officer was shot during a traffic stop on Oct. 17. 

The investigation resulted in the arrest of 27-year-old Hermandus Semien of Ville Platte.

The initial investigation revealed that the shooting occurred as a Mangham Police Officer conducted a traffic stop on Semien for a traffic violation on U.S. Hwy 425.  At the time of the traffic stop, Semien was driving a stolen vehicle taken earlier in the day during an armed robbery of a pharmacy in Rayville.  During the course of the stop, Semien shot the police officer and then fled south into Franklin Parish. 

Semien abandoned the stolen vehicle in a ditch near Fort Necessity and fled on foot into a wooded area.  He was taken into custody a short time later by responding law enforcement agencies.  Semien was charged with attempted 1st degree murder of police officer, armed robbery, theft of a motor vehicle, and was booked accordingly.

The police officer was transported to an area hospital where he remains in stable condition.

The investigation remains active and ongoing.

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