Ex-girlfriend says teen in officer-involved shooting was suicidal
LIVINGSTON - The attorney of a 19-year-old now charged with attempted second-degree murder of a police officer says the teen didn't call 911, and his family confirms he didn't know why deputies were outside of his house.
"What's important is that he didn't call 911. He didn't know the police were called or were coming. The mother confirms he thought someone was outside and he didn't know who it was." said Franz Boghardt, 19-year-old Matthew Peyronnin's attorney.
According to Boghardt, the Livingston Parish sheriff's deputies gathered outside of Peyronnin's home led the 19-year-old to arm himself with a handgun and come to the door. The attorney and Peyronnin's family say the teen aimed his gun at deputies, who did not identify themselves, because he thought they were burglars. When he did this, they fired, hitting Peyronnin who was sent to the hospital to recover from injuries sustained during the shooting.
Boghardt confirmed this morning that it was Peyronnin's ex-girlfriend who contacted 911 who then dispatched deputies to Peyronnin's residence to investigate a possible suicide attempt. Peyronnin's former girlfriend told the teen's attorney she contacted 911 after the 19-year-old sent a picture of himself with a handgun held to his head.
State Police are handling the ongoing officer-involved shooting investigation.
Peyronnin's attorney told News 2 that the teen was only in jail for half an hour after his injuries were treated, and he was released to his family after his $100,000 bond was posted.
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