Witnesses recount fatal St. Bernard deputy shooting

Published: Sep. 16, 2015 at 1:40 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 16, 2015 at 2:14 AM CDT
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CHALMETTE, LA (WVUE) - Witnesses described the scene as chaotic after a St. Bernard Parish deputy shot and killed a man near a trailer park in Chalmette Tuesday.

"It was a little crazy around here. I ain't used to seeing that," one witness who did not want to be identified said.

"[The deputy] tased him first," another anonymous witness said.

Louisiana State Police say the deputy approached the man around 3 p.m. and the man attacked the officer with some kind of object.

Police have not released the deceased man's name, the deputy's name nor the object the man used to injure the deputy.

"[The deputy] called for backup. A couple of more officers showed up on scene. One of the officers was actually injured. He was sent to an area hospital," Trooper Evan Harrell said.

The injured deputy was released from the hospital about two hours after the shooting.

"When we came out, we seen guns drawn. We seen a few shots fired off. They had one car blocking the scene so we didn't see it clear enough. But we seen a police body on the ground and another guy on the ground," the witness said.

State Police are leading the investigation.

"We are going to look into all that ballistics. We are going to look into anything and everything that we can. We'll get everybody to the crime scene down here get as much evidence as we can, and we'll figure out who actually did what. That way we can get all the information that we can," Harrell said.

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