Last week, an Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Deputy and a suspected criminal found themselves in an altercation which left the officer wounded and the suspect dead. Up until today, we thought that the officer was responding to a call for an attempted robbery when he found 27-year-old Dejuan Guillory at the scene. We thought this might fuel the fire following all the protests on the anniversary of Alton Sterling’s death. But the Louisiana State Police is now investigating the debacle, and it seems as though there won’t be much to protest regarding this case. Here’s what we know now.
From an article on Classic Hits 92.5’s website:
At approximately 04:10 a.m., the Deputy was dispatched to a reported theft of an ATV and subsequently cleared that call.
Upon resuming patrol and still within the nearby area, the Deputy made a traffic stop on a 4-wheeler (ATV) on Retton School Rd @ Chad Ln.
The Deputy made contact with the driver of the ATV (Dejuan Guillory, B/M, 27 yoa), and his passenger (Dequince Brown, B/F, 21 yoa).
The Deputy asked Guillory and Brown for legal identification, which neither possessed.
During this initial interaction, Guillory struck the Deputy in the head, knocking him to the ground, dazing him with a possible loss of consciousness.
The Deputy was able to rise to his feet, draw his firearm and gave verbal commands for Guillory to lie on the ground.
Guillory laid down on his stomach and the Deputy attempted to handcuff Guillory.
During handcuffing, a struggle ensued.
Brown approached the Deputy from behind and began to choke and bite him.
During the struggle with Guillory and Brown, the Deputy shot Guillory with his duty weapon.
The Deputy returned to his unit and called for assistance.
The investigation is still very much ongoing. In addition to what they’ve already established, the Louisiana State Police intend to analyze video footage from the deputy’s dash cam as well as the ballistics, trajectory, toxicology, DNA analysis, autopsy report, and information gathered in additional interviews, according to the above-mentioned piece.
As the story continues to unfold, we’ll provide updates on the findings of the investigation.