Sheriff releases details of deputy's arrest
DENHAM SPRINGS- The Livingston Parish Sheriff's office said it fired and arrested a man who worked as a deputy at the parish jail.
Leo Barthelemy, Jr. is charged with malfeasance in office/tampering with evidence and illegal use of weapons or dangerous instrumentalities after an incident at his house on Vermillion Drive.
Investigators said neighbors called authorities Sunday morning about hearing shots fired near Barthelemy's house. Then, later, found his car miles away in a ditch on Milton Lane in Walker. Before having the car towed, deputies said they found an evidence envelope inside that had been tampered with. The envelope was connected to a narcotics investigation.
According to a news release from the sheriff's office, Barthelemy admitted to firing a gun near his house but it was not clear why or what the evidence envelope was doing inside his vehicle.
Barthelemy's girlfriend, Tiffany Kennedy, was also arrested in connection with the case. Investigators said she cleaned up shell casings before investigators were able to collect them. While the news release does not specifically say drugs were taken out of the evidence envelope, Kennedy is also accused of discarding "some of the narcotics evidence."
Kennedy is charged with accessory after the fact to illegal use of weapons and accessory after the fact to malfeasance in office/ tampering with evidence.
Both Barthelemy and Kennedy have bonded out of the Livingston Parish Detention Center.
The sheriff's office said there is an internal affairs investigation dealing with the incident.
"This is a very disappointing," Sheriff Jason Ard said. "It's unfortunate that we arrested one of our own. But, no one is above the law."
Ard said he believes this is an isolated incident.
Follow the publisher of this post on Twitter: @treyschmaltz
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
One year after deadly tornadoes struck south Louisiana
Soldier reunites with family and friends at Baton Rouge airport
Teen crash victim remembered with balloon release
After a dozen floods, man moves into flood-free home
INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: State Police back out of investigation into Sheriff Captain