Sheriff: Fatal shooting of Folsom man during fight not justified

Published: Apr. 19, 2017 at 9:31 PM CDT
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ST. TAMMANY PARISH, LA (WVUE) - An arrest has been made in the killing of 27-year-old man in Folsom, according to a news release from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office.

The Sheriff's Office said 32-year-old Margaret Stockstill, of Franklinton, admitted to shooting Cody Couch with her handgun, claiming self-defense. Deputies said the shooting wasn't justified.

On April 14, deputies responded to a 911 call in reference a man who had been shot on Tantella Ranch Road in Folsom. The shooting victim was identified as Cody Couch. Couch was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Two women remained at the scene of the shooting, Couch's fiancée and Stockstill.

Deputies said at some point during the evening, Couch, his fiancée and Stockstill began arguing. The argument allegedly became physical, at which point, Stockstill armed herself with a .22 caliber revolver and shot Couch once in the lower abdomen.

"If you are going to take the life of another human being, it needs to be justified," said Sheriff Randy Smith. "That was not the case in this particular instance. It is very unfortunate that this happened, and it all could have easily been prevented. Tempers flared and someone lost their life because of it."

Stockstill was booked late Wednesday afternoon with manslaughter into St. Tammany Parish Jail.

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