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Neighbors demand justice over disabled man's slaying

7 months ago Monday, August 25, 2014 1:59:10 PM CDT August 25, 2014 Monday, August 25 2014 Aug 25, 2014 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - Neighbors on Tecumseh Street are demanding answers after a disabled man who was well known in their neighborhood was shot and killed by a homeowner over the weekend.

Investigators say the shooting occurred after a fight at 2602 Tecumseh Street. The victim was identified as 51-year-old Gary Andrus.

Andrus was described as a guy who was full of personalty and didn't bother anyone. Christine Chapman says the last thing she would describe him as would be threatening.

"He could barely walk," Chapman said. "He walked slow with a cane, a stick, all the time."

Gary's roommate did not want to give WBRZ his name, but also said he was non-violent. He was one of the last people to see him alive.

"When I got off work Saturday evening, I talked to Gary," His roommate said. "He said he was going to the store. Then, I heard a gunshot."

News 2 spoke to the wife of the man who shot Andrus. She told WBRZ that her husband's actions were justified. She claims Gary showed up at her house and hit her husband two times with a cane. Her husband fought back hitting Gary with a gun, that's when it went off and shot Gary in the face. She declined to do an on camera interview, and also declined to tell us her name.

The circumstances immediately before the shooting are unclear. However, Louisiana's Justifiable Homicide laws are. LA RS 14:20 reads:

"When committed for the purpose of preventing a violent or forcible felony involving danger to life or of great bodily harm by one who reasonably believes that such an offense is about to be committed and that such action is necessary for its prevention. The circumstances must be sufficient to excite the fear of a reasonable person that there would be serious danger to his own life or person if he attempted to prevent the felony without the killing."

Chapman doesn't think this case meets that criteria and wants to see Andrus' killer brought to justice.

"I don't think he should go free, anybody murdering somebody," Chapman said.

"The person that did it should be punished," Andrus' roommate said.

Baton Rouge Police are still investigating. Currently, the homeowner involved in the shooting has not been charged. Investigators also refused to release his name.

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