Deputies involved in fatal shooting return to active duty
ST. MARTINVILLE - Two sheriff's deputies have returned to active duty now that local prosecutors have ruled out criminal charges against them over the fatal shooting of a mentally ill man last year.
Major Ginny Higgins of the St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office says the deputies returned to duty Monday. Sgt. Pittard Chapman and Deputy Dylan Laneaux were placed on paid administrative leave after the Dec. 21 shooting.
Assistant District Attorney Chester Cedars, the chief prosecutor in St. Martin Parish, announced Friday that his office determined Chapman was acting in self-defense when he shot and killed 32-year-old Michael Noel in his St. Martinville home.
Police said Noel resisted deputies' efforts to take him into protective custody and drive him to a hospital.
Noel's relatives recently sued the deputies, claiming Noel's shooting was unprovoked.