LSP: Deputies shot armed teen during confrontation
FRENCH SETTLEMENT - Louisiana State Police said they're investigating an officer-involved shooting in Livingston Parish where a teen was shot multiple times after authorities said he pointed a gun at them.
Lt. J. B. Slaton said 19-year-old Matthew Peyronnin is in stable condition at a Baton Rouge hospital.
According to LSP someone called 911 and told Livingston Parish deputies Peyronnin had a shotgun and was threatening to shoot himself at his Livingston home. Deputies said they went to the address and made contact with the teen on his front porch, which is when he raised the shotgun in the officers' direction. LSP said a deputy shot Peyronnin several times in response.
People at the home told News 2's Brett Buffington that authorities didn't identify themselves before shooting, and that Peyronnin went to the door with a gun because he thought somebody was trying to break in. The family said they're meeting with an attorney at this time about the shooting.
"I don't believe Matthew was breaking the law at all. He opened the door, he tried to identify those individuals outside. For his efforts he was shot, and then perhaps to add insult to injury, he was arrested for attempted murder of the individuals who shot him," Franz Borghardt, the family's attorney said.
Peyronnin was taken to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center and treated for his injuries. After he is released Slaton said Peyronnin will face charges of attempted second-degree murder of a police officer.
Louisiana State Police said they will handle the investigation going forward, and additional charges could be possible. Sheriff Jason Ard said the deputy who shot Peyronnin is on administrative leave with pay while that investigation is happening, which is normal procedure in officer-involved shootings.
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