Woman killed by St. John deputy Thursday morning

Shooting scene in LaPlace
Shooting scene in LaPlace

A St. John Parish sheriff's deputy shot and killed a 60-year-old Boutte woman after she fired at the deputies, according to the Louisiana State Police.

Troopers say Barbara Lassere was killed Thursday morning on West 2nd Street in LaPlace.  They say deputies first became involved with Lassere at around 1:40 a.m. when they pulled her over for driving without her headlights on.

Trooper Melissa Matey says, "During the traffic stop they asked the female to exit the vehicle. She refused and she brandished a revolver at that time."

Lassere then took off, according to LSP, with deputies following behind. She pulled into a driveway on West 2nd Street.  Neighbors say the home belongs to Lassere's sister.

"Deputies again requested the female get out of the vehicle. She again refused and she shot one round from the revolver at the deputies. One deputy did fire, striking the victim," Matey said.

Residents who live near the crime scene say they awoke to the sound of gunfire. They say they heard as many as five shots. But Matey says it's too early to tell how many shots the deputy fired at Lassere.

Barbara Lassere was taken to River Parishes Hospital, where she died.

None of the deputies were wounded.  As Trooper Matey points out, this is the second time someone has shot at St. John deputies since the deadly shooting in August when two deputies were killed and two more were wounded.

"It is unfathomable. It's an unfortunate thing," Matey commented.

Louisiana State Police will handle the investigation into this shooting because it involved a St. John deputy.