Early this morning, there was yet another shooting incident between a police officer and a suspected criminal. In the wake of all the protests following the anniversary of Alton Sterling’s death, we can assume that this will only make matters worse.
An Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Deputy responded to a call around 4:00 in the morning near Chad Lane in Mamou, and when he arrived at the scene, he found 27-year-old Dejuan Guillory. WAFB reports that “the release did not say whether Guillory was suspected of committing the alleged attempted burglary.”
The deputy shot Guillory, who was pronounced dead at the scene. But there was apparently a struggle between the two prior to the shooting, during which the officer was injured. As of now, we don’t have any specific details regarding the officer’s identity or injuries. We do know that he was taken to a local hospital and that he’s reported to be in stable condition. The Louisiana State Police is still investigating the case.
Now, before anyone starts pointing fingers, let’s talk about Guillory’s record. This, coincidentally, was not his first shootout with an officer.
According to KADN, Guillory was arrested in August of 2015 following an eerily similar incident. He was caught attempting to rob the Citizens Bank in Mamou with a stolen backhoe – yes, a stolen backhoe that he was using to drag away an ATM machine – and he subsequently fired shots at Mamou Police officers on the scene. This resulted in charges of attempted murder, aggravated criminal damage to property over $150,000, criminal damage to property and felony theft of $100,000.
Guillory may not officially be the suspect of the alleged attempted burglary this morning, but this incident alone contributes to the injured officer’s case. Will any of this matter to the New Black Panthers and other violent protesters who detest our servicemen in blue? Unfortunately, probably not.
We’re curious to see what comes of this case, as the investigation is still far from any conclusion. Although like Sterling’s case, the conclusion likely won’t settle things.