BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) – A Good Samaritan, who was shot and run over while trying to assist a woman who was shot, remains in good spirits and recovering at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital, while a look into the suspect’s past reveals convictions for manslaughter and battery on a police officer, as the family of the woman who was killed is in shock.
April Peck, 30, was shot and tossed out of her own car Sunday around 5:35 p.m. on Essen Lane near United Plaza Boulevard by her live-in boyfriend, Terrell Walker, 48, according to officials.
“April is her name,” said Dannlleshia Peck, the victim’s sister. “April, my baby girl, my best friend, like my real life breath of fresh air.”
Sunday morning was the last time Dannlleshia Peck saw her sister alive.
“I miss her so badly. I just miss her,” Peck added.
At the same time, Daniel Wesley, 17, was headed home after leaving the Mall of Louisiana.
“He saw something in the road and got closer and realized it was a person,” said Kathy Wesley, the teen’s mother.
Wesley said he pulled over to help. His dad, Robert Wesley, is a retired EMS supervisor, so Wesley had his dad’s medic bag in the car and went to provide aid to April. While doing so, Walker walked up to him.
“Daniel was apparently hit by the person and that broke his right arm and the man got out and pretty much said, ‘You’re helping her? I’m going to kill you,’ and he shot Daniel,” Kathy Wesley explained.
The gunman then ran over two other people who had stopped to help. An EMS crew that happened to be in the area was flagged down and Walker shot at the ambulance. Fortunately, no paramedics were hurt, but then Walker returned for Daniel Wesley.
“Daniel had gotten to the median and I guess collapsed and the guy came back, thinking he was going to drive off. He shot Daniel again, this time shooting him in the leg and then got in his vehicle, proceeded to leave and ran over my son’s leg and fractured his femur,” Kathy Wesley added.
Walker then ran off and a few hours later was involved in a shootout with East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies at I-10 and Bluebonnet Boulevard, where he was shot and killed. No deputies were hurt.
Peck said her sister and Walker had a lot of problems in the nearly decade they had been together. She said the two had been broken up for the past two weeks and Peck feared for her life.
“She never made it seem like it was to this extreme, but yesterday morning when we were riding home, she was talking about it continuously and she kept bringing it up and she was like, ‘Sister, I don’t want him to kill me. I don’t want Terrell to kill me,’” Dannlleshia Peck said.
She added she never thought Walker could do something like this and though she says “hate” is a word she does not use, she has to when it comes to the man who killed her sister and has no sadness in the news that he is also dead.
“I feel that it was deserving. I didn’t want him to have the chance to repent on such a heinous crime. I did not want him to be able to repent and God forgive me to clear my heart for the hatred I have for him,” she said.
Per standard procedure, Louisiana State Police continues its investigation into the deputy-involved shooting.
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