Bullet proof vest saves deputy's life after being shot by accused drug dealer

Bullet proof vest saves deputy's life after being shot by accused drug dealer
House where deputy was shot in Walker (Source: WAFB)
House where deputy was shot in Walker (Source: WAFB)

WALKER, LA (WAFB) - A Livingston Parish Sheriff's Deputy was shaken but not injured after being shot while executing an arrest warrant Tuesday night.

A special response team (SRT) went inside a house on Sycamore Street in Walker around 6 p.m. after undercover officers noticed many guns in the home. Officials say the house is a well-known drug house.

Sheriff Jason Ard said the SRT was prepared with bullet proof vests as they went into the house looking for Robert Thomas. Deputies say they have dealt with Thomas before on drug charges.

The team knew other people with warrants might be in the house. The sheriff said when they went inside, Thomas took off to the back of the house and fired a shot.

Two deputies say they heard the shot whiz past them and went through a wall. The bullet hit another member of the SRT who was in the process of arresting Kenneth Thomas for drug possession.

"The bullet went over a couch. On the couch was a nine-month-old baby. [Robert Thomas] retreated to a room and as deputies approached him, instead of returning fire, they tried to make eye contact with him. He threw his gun out, but he was in a room full of kids," said Sheriff Ard.

Deputies say cash, cocaine and marijuana were all found inside of the home.

In addition to several drug possession charges, Robert Thomas is facing 12 counts of attempted first degree murder, because there were 12 SRT officers in the house when he fired the shot. He is also charged with seven counts of contributing to the delinquency of juveniles, four counts of child desertion, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, illegal carrying of a weapon, manufacturing, cultivation, distribution, possession with intent to distribute schedule II drugs, felony possession of marijuana, and illegal use of a controlled drug in presence of persons under 17 years old.

His bond has been set at $1,416,000.

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