KIRAN: LPSO deputy will not face criminal charges in off-duty fatal shooting

KIRAN: LPSO deputy will not face criminal charges in off-duty fatal shooting
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WATSON, La. (WAFB) - A Livingston Parish sheriff’s deputy who fatally shot a man while off-duty will not face any criminal charges, according to the Twenty-First Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

“There will be no criminal charges brought against a Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office employee who shot and killed an individual who came to his home while off-duty and threatened him,” according to District Attorney Scott Perrilloux.

State police said Aaron Sparkman was killed during a shooting involving an off-duty deputy.
State police said Aaron Sparkman was killed during a shooting involving an off-duty deputy. (Source: Sparkman family)

According to the findings of the Louisiana State Police, Caleb Browning fatally shot Aaron Sparkman, 30, of Greensburg, just before 1 a.m. on Dec. 16, 2019.

LSP began investigating the case after being contacted by the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office.

After reviewing the findings of the investigation done by the Louisiana State Police, Perrilloux stated that Browning’s actions did not constitute criminal conduct under the law which allows deadly use of force when it is in self-defense by one who reasonably believes he/she is in imminent danger of losing his life or receiving great bodily harm and the killing is necessary to save himself/herself from that danger.

“In this case, Mr. Browning was at his home when Mr. Sparkman arrived unannounced and threatened him while armed with a handgun then physically attacked Mr. Browning. It is clear that Browning’s actions were reasonable and necessary to protect himself,” stated Perrilloux.

Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard issued a statement on Feb. 18 following Perriloux’s announcement that Browning would not face criminal charges.

“LSP & the DA have completed a review of this case. I have reviewed the facts & the findings of the LSP & the DA. My deputy works in our Information Technology (IT) Division. He does not have an enforcement role. He was off-duty at the time of this incident. My employee was simply exercising his 2nd Amendment right to defend himself, his guest & his property. It’s a tragedy that one young man lost his life. But, without my deputy’s actions that night, more people could have died. This deputy remains on leave recovering from the serious injuries he received that night,” Ard said.

WAFB’s Kiran Chawla will have more on this case in later broadcasts.

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