Troopers release name of man killed in off-duty deputy-involved shooting

Troopers release name of man killed in off-duty deputy-involved shooting

DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) - The events leading up to the deadly shooting involving a Livingston Parish Sheriff's Deputy are being revealed, but officials are not saying much until after an autopsy is performed.

The deputy was off-duty and inside a home in Denham Springs with a woman when investigators say another man broke in and started shooting.

The shooter wound up dead. He has been identified by Louisiana State Police as Sidney Averett.

"It wasn't anything that I ever expected. It was basically a madhouse," said Jason Shawn McLeod who lives on Country Club Ln.

McLeod lives four houses down. He wasn't home when the shooting happened. When he returned, he was forced to show authorities on-scene his ID, proving he lives on Country Club Ln., before he was allowed back into his house.

"I thought it was crazy. It was almost like something out of a movie. It's not something you would expect here in this neighborhood," McLeod said.

McLeod says Deputy Johnson moved-in with Stephanie Ballard a few months ago.

"When I noticed he had moved in, I was happy another officer had moved in because we have another one that lives in the neighborhood as well. It was comforting to have another officer live in the neighborhood. You don't have anything to worry about," he said.

Court records show that just hours before the shooting Tuesday afternoon, Averett and Ballard were at a hearing, in a custody battle over their children.

Sources say the two had filed for divorce, but it had not been finalized.

Investigators say Averett fired the first shots inside the home after he broke in, and in-return, Deputy David Johnson shot back.

Note: It is not known if Deputy Johnson fatally wounded Averett or if he possibly shot himself. Police say they're still trying to determine the exact events that took place.

Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard says an autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.

Sheriff Ard released this statement on his Facebook page:

As has been previously reported, one of my deputies was involved in an off-duty shooting yesterday around 2:00 PM. I am saddened and my heart goes out to all the families involved. I have asked the Louisiana State Police to investigate the incident. I am aware of the public and the news media's requests for me to make comments on this matter. The state police investigation is not complete. The coroner's office will not conduct the autopsy until tomorrow. I believe that my responsibility is to wait until the investigation is completed by those agencies before making a detailed statement or answering any questions. At that time, my statements and response to questions will be based upon all of the known facts. To respond prior to that time, would be premature.

The investigation is ongoing.

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