State Police called to investigate deputy-involved shooting in Iberville Parish

State Police called to investigate deputy-involved shooting in Iberville Parish

IBERVILLE PARISH, LA (WAFB) - State Police is investigating a deputy-involved shooting that injured a man Thursday afternoon in Iberville Parish.

According to Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office, the incident happened shortly before 1 p.m. on LA 77 near Plaquemine. Iberville Parish Sheriff  Brett Stassi said deputies were responding to a domestic violence call.

Officials said that upon arrival at the home, a man came out of the home and pulled a gun out of his waistband. Stassi said the man pointed the gun at the deputy, but did not fire any shots before the deputy fired his weapon and struck the man in the buttocks. The man was transported to a local hospital.

"As he approached the vehicle he stopped, and as the deputies exited their vehicles, he reached for a firearm which he presented, pointed it toward the officers, and at that time one of the officers, after hollering 'gun, gun gun,' fired some shots, which one of them struck the gentleman in his rear area," Stassi said.

Stassi said the mother of the man who was shot had called for help after her son allegedly beat her and shot out a car window as she tried to leave the trailer home. He added that only one of the deputies who responded to the woman's call fired shots.

"I heard like five or six gun shots. I didn't even know that someone got shot until just now," said neighbor Pam Pitre.

"Heard a couple shots, thought they might have been hunting. About 20 minutes later, tactical force came up suited up all up back there and heard a few more pops and that was about it," said neighbor Dustin Davilman.

Louisiana State Police was called out to investigate. The sheriff said that the deputy who fired the shot has been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation, which is standard procedure.

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