HOUMA, LA (WVUE) - A grand jury in Houma Thursday decided not to indict a Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's deputy in the shooting death of a teenager last year. The grand jury found no cause to charge Deputy Preston Norman with a crime in the death of 14-year-old Cameron Tillman.
"The return of no true bill supports my belief Deputy Norman took appropriate action," said Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Jerry Larpenter.
Larpenter says last September Deputy Norman was responding to a 911 call that said teens were in an abandoned house with guns.
Larpenter says when Norman got to the house he saw 14-year-old Cameron Tillman holding what looked to be a .48 caliber handgun.
The sheriff says an altercation then ensued and that's when Norman shot and killed Cameron.
Investigators say a BB gun was found near the boy's body.
The grand jury heard from a number of witnesses Wednesday including the teen's mother.
At a news conference Wednesday morning, Terrebonne Parish District Attorney Joseph Waitz asked the community to act responsibly in light of the killing of Tillman and the grand jury's decision.
"I trust the citizens of Terrebonne Parish will be good stewards in this difficult time," he said.
Sheriff Larpenter said Deputy Norman will be re-evaluated in the coming days, but he said because of the tragic nature of what happened it may be some time before he's back out on patrol.
The FBI has requested a complete copy of case and may do their own investigation.