BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Louisiana State Police (LSP) is investigating a fatal deputy-involved shooting that happened on Highland Club Avenue near Jefferson Highway Saturday, Sept. 14.
A spokesman for LSP said the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office (EBRSO) received a disturbance call. For reasons still under investigation, the EBRSO deputy fired their weapon after coming into contact with the man, fatally injuring him. The person killed has been identified by the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office as Melvin Watkins, 54.
An autopsy conducted Monday, Sept. 16. determined the cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and upper extremities. “Mr. Watkins’ manner of death is homicide,” East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner William “Beau” Clark wrote Monday.
LSP has not released the identity of the deputy. Other details were not immediately available.
Watkins’ family released a video to WAFB Tuesday, Sept. 17 which appears to show the moment those who knew him reacted to the incident.
The video is included below:
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.