St. Helena Parish deputy shoots, kills man who allegedly came to door with weapon

St. Helena Parish deputy shoots, kills man who allegedly came to door with weapon
One man is dead after a deputy-involved shooting in St. Helena Parish Monday, Dec. 9. (Source: WAFB)

ST. HELENA PARISH, La. (WAFB) - One man is dead and two deputies are on leave after a deputy-involved shooting in St. Helena Parish Monday, Dec. 9.

Louisiana State Police and family members told WAFB’s Austin Kemker the man’s name is Antonio Nichols, 47, of Independence, La.

Now, the family wants answers after Nichols was killed by a deputy in St. Helena Parish while serving warrant.

St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief of Detectives Joe Chaney says the incident happened around 8 p.m. Monday night on Nichols Road near Amite City and the Tangipahoa Parish line.

The scene almost 24 hours after Antonio Nichols, 47, of Independence, La. was fatally by a St. Helena Parish Sheriff's Office deputy on Dec. 9, 2019.
The scene almost 24 hours after Antonio Nichols, 47, of Independence, La. was fatally by a St. Helena Parish Sheriff's Office deputy on Dec. 9, 2019. (Source: WAFB)

Nichols was badly injured after being shot by a deputy. Nichols was taken to a hospital where he later died. No deputies were injured in the incident.

Chaney says a sheriff’s office unit was executing a warrant for sexual battery of a juvenile and the suspect came to the door with a weapon. At that point, shots were fired, he says.

Chaney says it’s not clear who fired the first shot at this point. Chaney said the two officers involved in the shooting are now on administrative leave.

One man is dead after a deputy-involved shooting in St. Helena Parish Monday, Dec. 9.
One man is dead after a deputy-involved shooting in St. Helena Parish Monday, Dec. 9. (Source: WAFB)

Nichols’ family told WAFB that he lived at the home with his wife and kids. They described Nichols as a quiet man who kept to himself.

“I know what type of person he is. He was never a violent type of person or nothing like that since I knew him,” said Tyrell Nichols, the deceased’s cousin. “What I’m saying, what I heard and it was real disturbing, it hurt me. To lose another family member like that, it just hurts.”

WAFB’s Austin Kemker looked into Nichols’ background and discovered Nichols had two traffic tickets on his record.

LSP has taken over the investigation, which is ongoing at this time.

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