Man stabbed to death with spear identified by Jefferson Parish coroner

Man stabbed to death with spear identified by Jefferson Parish coroner
Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s deputies are working a homicide in Terrytown Wednesday morning. (Source: WVUE)
JPSO investigating homicide in Terrytown

Posted by WVUE FOX 8 News on Wednesday, November 20, 2019

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - A teen is in custody after the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office says he admitted to stabbing his father to death with a spear.

Sheriff Joseph Lopinto says they received a call from the 14-year-old suspect around 9:15 a.m. stating that he had just stabbed his father. When deputies arrived, they found a 50-year-old man, identified as Tuan H. Nguyen, inside of the home located in the 2100 block of Browning Lane suffering from multiple stab wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Terrytown residents say they are in disbelief, “It’s frightening 60 years; I’ve lived in this neighborhood and never have I seen anything like this,” said Barry Sumrall. “That puts a chill over you body to think that happens in your neighborhood.”

The teen was arrested and police recovered a spear that they believe was used. JPSO also recovered multiple weapons found in a nearby garbage can.

“I don’t know if all of them were used or were not used but I do know we recovered some things from the garbage can,” said Sheriff Lopinto.

Lopinto says they have not received any previous calls from the residence. But he says the teen shows possible signs the teen could have mental health issues.

“We do not have any previous committals or previous calls for service at this location just some of the things that occurred during the initial questioning does make us believe there is some mental illness involved in this case,” Lopinto said.

Neighbors tell FOX 8 the family only recently moved into the home.

Investigators are working to determine a motive.

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