Sergeant David Poirrier and Corporal Scotty Canezaro were killed in a helicopter crash in a field off North Winterville Road, near U.S. 190 at Erwinville, at about 2:26 am.
The crew of the Robinson R-44 helicopter was sent to assist in the pursuit of a fleeing vehicle around 2 am.
The subject was arrested and charged with manslaughter.
Sergeant Poirrier had served with the Baton Rouge Police Department for 17 years and was assigned to the Air Support Unit. He is survived by his wife and daughter.