Fired state trooper takes plea deal, avoids prison after on-duty shooting that left man paralyzed
BATON ROUGE - A former state trooper charged with shooting a 19-year-old in the back during a traffic stop several years ago pleaded guilty Monday.
The shooting happened in July of 2018, but Kasha Domingue was not formally charged with a crime until late 2020. She was fired from Louisiana State Police in 2021, about five months after her indictment on charges of illegal use of a weapon and aggravated second-degree battery.
On Monday, the WBRZ Investigative Unit learned Domingue pleaded guilty to a charge of obstruction of justice, a misdemeanor. Domingue will get six months on probation and must agree to never take on a law enforcement job again.
A federal lawsuit alleged that Domingue shot the victim, Clifton Dilley, in the back during the stop. Dilley, who was 19 at the time, was left paralyzed by the shooting.
"Slowly moving along," Dilley said. "Therapy... a lot of therapy. About to get another surgery."
The shooting was not caught on Domingue's body camera or dash camera because it was not working, and the lawsuit went on to say Domingue "fabricated a completely false account" of what happened, claiming she called in the shooting using a certain police code that indicated she used her Taser, not a gun. In court, we also learned Domingue's dash camera was also not working.
Records also indicated that Domingue used her Taser just hours earlier during that same shift.
"Her story was pretty incredible," Dilley's lawyer, Don Cazayoux said. "Without the video, we wouldn't know the truth. She called it in as a tasing event and then she proceeded to say Scotty tried to attack her."
Tommy Dewey is representing Kasha Domingue.
"It's been an emotional and physical toll on her," Dewey said. "She's dedicated her life to service. She was a marine. She gives to charity. All her activities are to help people and when something like this happens, it's unfortunate for everyone involved."
The civil lawsuit against Domingue is still pending.
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