Man accused of killing officer, civilian in St. Mary Parish
ST. MARY PARISH - Two St. Mary Parish Sheriff's deputies are in critical condition after a shooting in St. Mary Parish that left a Chitimacha Tribe Officer and a civilian dead, according to Louisiana State Police Tpr. Stephen Hammons.
Hammons says two deputies and an officer responded to a report of a man armed with a shotgun walking in the 10000 block of Flat Town Road in Charenton shortly before 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
When the officer arrived on the scene he encountered 48-year-old Wilbert Thibodeaux of Charenton.
Thibodeaux fired at the Chitimacha Officer, fatally wounding him. As two St. Mary Deputies, who were in the same car, arrived at the scene Thibodeaux fired multiple shots hitting the deputies. During the encounter, Thibodeaux was shot. Other responding Deputies took Thibodeaux into custody without further incident, according to Hammons.
One deputy was transported to a hospital in New Orleans and the other deputy was transported to a hospital in Lafayette. Both deputies are in critical but stable condition.
A mobile home fire, believed to be set by Thibodeaux prior to officer's arrival, was extinguished by firefighters. Detectives and State Fire Marshal Investigators discovered the body of 78-year-old Eddie Lyons of Charenton in the home after the fire was put out. Detectives suspect Lyons was shot by Thibodeaux before the fire, according to Hammons.
Thibodeaux was treated and released from the hospital. He is currently in State Police custody. His charges are pending.
"Today is a difficult day for our partners in St. Mary Parish," said Colonel Mike Edmonson, State Police Superintendent. "My thoughts and prayers are with the deputies and the officer's families tonight. I know the coming days and weeks will be difficult ones for the men and women of the Chitimacha Police Department and the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office. We will assist their agencies in anyway we can during these trying times."
St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office, the Chitimacha Police Department and State Police will hold a press conference Monday to release the names of the officers involved and speak about their service to their community.