LSP investigates deadly officer-involved shooting during attempted armed carjacking

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Published: Jun. 1, 2021 at 8:47 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 1, 2021 at 5:26 PM CDT
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BERWICK, La. (WAFB) - Troopers with Louisiana State Police are investigating a deadly officer-involved shooting in Berwick, La.

They added Robert Pearce, 37, of New Iberia, was shot and killed by law enforcement personnel during an attempted armed carjacking.

Tpr. Thomas Gossen with LSP Troop I said the investigation so far shows officers with the Berwick Police Department and deputies with the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office responded around 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 1, to a report of a suspicious person.

Gossen said Pearce ran off after seeing law enforcement officers in the area and they chased after him. He added Pearce then tried carjacking a woman near Sixth Street and Utah Street with what looked like a handgun.

According to investigators, after Pearce got into the vehicle, the law enforcement personnel at the scene fired their weapons at Pearce and he was hit. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Mary Parish Coroner’s Office. No other injuries were reported.

LSP stated it was later determined Pearce was carrying a BB gun pistol.

“It is an unfortunate and tragic event that caused the loss of life,” said St. Mary Parish Sheriff Blaise Smith. “I stand behind and support the actions of my deputies and we are cooperating fully with the Louisiana State Police in this investigation.”

The investigation is ongoing.

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