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Police make arrest in officer involved shooting in St. Mary Parish


Charenton, La - Police have arrested 48-year-old Wilbert Thibodeaux and charged him with two counts of first degree murder, two counts of attempted first degree murder and one count of arson.  

The incident occurred Saturday, just before 10:30 a.m. in the town of Charenton in St. Mary Parish.

Police say that an officer with the Chitimacha Police Department responded to a call of a man with a shotgun in the 10000 block of Flat Town Road. The responding officer arrived to find 48-year-old Wilbert Thibodeaux with the gun. Thibodeaux fired at the officer, killing him. Two more officers arrived and were shot by Thibodeaux. Thibodeaux was struck by gunfire before being taken into custody by other responding officers.

According to police, firefighters extinguished a mobile home fire that is believed to have been set by Thibodeaux prior to the officers arrival. After the fire was put out, State Fire Marshall Investigators and detectives found the body of 78-year-old Eddie Lyons of Charenton in the home. Police believe that Thibodeaux shot Lyons prior to setting the fire to the home.

Both deputies who survived are in critical, but stable condition at hospitals. One officer is in a Lafayette hospital while the other is in a New Orleans hospital.

State Police is investigating the shooting incident, while The State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the fire.

"Today is a difficult day for our partners in St. Mary Parish," said Colonel Mike Edmonson, State Police Superintendent. "My thoughts and prayers are with the deputies and the officer's families tonight. I know the coming days and weeks will be difficult ones for the men and women of the Chitimacha Police Department and the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office. We will assist their agencies in anyway we can during these trying times."

The identity of the officers will be released at a later date.

The case remains under investigation.

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