An aging Tigerland apartment complex plagued with recent violence — including an October double-homicide and the recent fatal police shooting of a domestic violence suspect — could soon be forced to shut down after a Baton Rouge judge declared the property a nuisance. The case exemplifies a larger problem facing the Tigerland area, which was developed decades ago to provide LSU students with upscale housing options near campus but has since deteriorated amid its abundance of cheap apartments and an uptick in crime. Both local law enforcement and LSU leaders have struggled with questions about Tigerland’s future since students still flock to the cluster of bars at its entrance.District Court Judge William Morvant declared the site a nuisance Tuesday, agreeing with arguments laid out by the East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s Office. Prosecutors asked the court to intervene after Baton Rouge police responded to the Sandpiper Apartments on Tigerland Avenue to execute an arrest warrant, but ended up shooting the suspect when he pointed a gun at the cops.That shooting occurred in the unit adjacent to where a man and woman were found shot to death in the October double-homicide, which happened during a drug deal, according to police. Tigerland suspect killed by… Read full this story
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