LPSO deputy arrested for stealing narcotics evidence, firing gun

Published: Feb. 14, 2014 at 11:24 PM CST
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Leo Barthelemy (Source: LPSO)
Leo Barthelemy (Source: LPSO)
Tiffany Kennedy (Source: LPSO)
Tiffany Kennedy (Source: LPSO)

LIVINGSTON PARISH, LA (WAFB) - The Livingston Parish Sheriff has arrested one of his own deputies after he was accused of tampering with narcotics evidence and firing a gun in his neighborhood.

Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office responded to complaints of shots fired in the area of Vermillion Drive in Denham Springs.

Later that morning, deputies were called to investigate a vehicle in the ditch on Milton Lane in Walker. The vehicle belonged to Deputy Leo Barthelemy, Jr.

Deputy Barthelemy, Jr. was assigned to the Livingston Parish Detention Center.

Before the vehicle was towed from the scene, deputies searched the vehicle after seeing an LPSO evidence envelope inside. The sheriff's office says the envelope held narcotics evidence.

The investigation led deputies to Barthelemy, Jr.'s home, where the shots were fired earlier that morning.

There is no word on why the shots were fired or what type of weapon was used.

Barthelemy, Jr. is charged with malfeasance in office/tampering with evidence, and illegal use of weapons or dangerous instrumentalities. The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office says he has been released on a $25,000 bond.

Tiffany B. Kennedy, 32, of Walker was arrested to accessory after the fact to illegal use of weapons or dangerous instrumentalities and accessory after the fact to malfeasance in office, tampering with evidence. She has been released on a $35,000 bond.

Deputies says Kennedy cleaned up shell casings before deputies could investigate the complaint of shots fired. Deputies also say Kennedy discarded some of the narcotics evidence.

Sheriff Ard says, 'Based on information obtained through an ongoing investigation, I believe this to be an isolated incident. This is a very disappointing. It's unfortunate that we arrested one of our own. But, no one is above the law. Barthelemy, Jr. is no longer an employee of the LPSO.'

An Internal Affairs Investigation is ongoing.

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