Livingston deputy shot while searching for drugs, suspect arrested
WALKER - A Livingston Parish Sheriff's deputy's bullet proof vest saved his life when a man shot at him Tuesday evening.
The sheriff's office said the deputy was in the process of conducting a search warrant related to drugs at the intersection of Johnson Lane and Sycamore Street when someone in the house fired a shot through a wall. A round hit the deputy's vest and didn't do any harm.
The deputy was a member of the Special Response Team and deputies subdued the suspected shooter quickly. No one was hurt in the process, the department said.
"The only shots fired were from that individual," Sheriff Jason Ard said. "My SRT team did not return fire. The person who fired the gun quickly tossed the firearm and hid, surrounded by juveniles. My team followed protocol and used their training wisely. I'm thankful for our protective gear and the job it does to protect law enforcement officers on the job," he continued.
The shooting happened hours after a U.S. Marshal was killed in a similar situation in Baton Rouge.
"You never know what you'll come across in this type of situation," Ard said.
Robert Thomas, 30, was arrested in connection with the altercation in Livingston Parish. He was charged with several counts of attempted first degree murder on a peace officer, firearms violations, and drug violations. Thomas is on parole for drug charges, the department said.
"More charges are pending," the sheriff added. "We have dealt with Thomas in the past. More arrests are possible."