CHARENTON, LA (WAFB) - A Chitimacha Tribe police officer is dead and two St. Mary Parish Sheriff's deputies are in serious condition after a shooting in the town of Charenton. Charenton is southeast of New Iberia, about halfway to Morgan City.
The suspected shooter, 48-year-old Wilbert Thibodeaux, has been arrested and booked with arson and two counts each of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.
Louisiana State Police spokesman Tpr. Stephen Hammons said the officers responded to neighbors' calls saying a man was walking the streets with a weapon. Hammons said when the officers arrived on the scene the armed suspect began firing at them.
State Fire Marshals also discovered a mobile home on fire that authorities believe was started by Thibodeaux. Once the fire was extinguished, they found the body of a civilian, 78-year-old Eddie Lyons. State Police believe Lyons was shot before the fire.
Hammons said the suspect has a gunshot wound around his torso. They are not sure if the wound was self-inflicted or from deputies.
A press conference will be held Monday and the deputies' names will be released.