According to a Lafayette Police interview, Payne said Medina-Rojas and possibly others had been stealing from him. Payne told police that most recently, two $100 bills were stolen from his wallet on Monday.
Payne said he wanted the thefts to stop, so on Wednesday morning he went to the lobby with his gun and waited. Payne said he made the decision to shoot Medina-Rojas after he saw him walk in.
In addition to the suspected theft, Payne said he believed employees were trying to kill him and that he’d woken up with needle marks in his big toe, which he believed were caused by staff members trying to drug him.
The officer who interviewed Payne said he was “clear headed” and “lucid” while providing detailed information about what happened and did not appear “confused or unable to comprehend questions.”