Louisiana State Police investigating deputy-involved shooting in St. John Parish

Published: Apr. 3, 2022 at 2:30 PM CDT
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LAPLACE, La. (WVUE) - Louisiana State Police detectives have been asked to investigate an officer-involved shooting early Sunday (April 3) in which a person was shot by a deputy from the St. John The Baptist Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities said St. John deputies responded around 5 a.m. to a 911 call reporting a vehicle that ran off the highway and was partially submerged. The deputies found the vehicle in a marsh off an Interstate 10 on-ramp from US Highway 51, State Police said.

According to State Police, the deputies approached the vehicle occupied by 19-year-old driver Kendell Prembrook of LaPlace and a passenger, 20-year-old Jacoby Williams of Gramercy. During an “encounter” with the two occupants, a deputy shot Williams once, the State Police said without elaborating.

Williams was taken for hospital treatment in critical condition, State Police said. The LSP said one AK-47 style rifle and a 9mm handgun were recovered from the scene.

“This is an active investigation and additional information will be released as it becomes available,” State Police spokesperson Trooper Kate Stegall said in a written statement.

The statement said detectives from LSP’s Bureau of Investigations were heading the shooting probe, assisted by investigators from LSP’s Evidence Control Unit.

This developing story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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