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Follow up: Police officer hasn't met weapons requirements; teen talks about altercation

8 years 2 months 1 week ago Tuesday, March 15 2016 Mar 15, 2016 March 15, 2016 11:10 PM March 15, 2016 in News
Source: WBRZ

NEW ROADS- A teen involved in a frightening encounter with a New Roads Police officer last week broke their silence in an exclusive interview with the WBRZ Investigative Unit Tuesday. 

Daquan Johnson, 15, says he was walking in the street near his home with a BB gun last week when he had a terrifying encounter with Officer Matthew Donnon, who accidentally discharged his weapon.

"He just 'powed' the gun," Johnson said, insinuating the firing of a weapon. "When he saw he didn't shot me, it looked like if I had tried to run he would have shot me again. I got on the ground and started hollering 'it's a bb gun, it's a bb gun.'"

What happened next was recorded through 911 dispatch.  The recordings were obtained by the Investigative Unit.

"Highway 10 and St. Jude, negligent discharge," Donnon tells dispatchers.

But, before anyone could come and investigate, the New Roads Police Department dismantled the scene. The Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff's Office says when they showed up, the scene had already been cleared and there was nothing to investigate.

"They should have left everything intact and called in the State Police to investigate," Attorney Jerry D'Aquila said.

Jerry D'Aquila is representing the family. He believes laws were broken.

"The thing that really concerns me is that somebody in my opinion covered up an investigation which actually is a criminal offense, obstruction of justice," D'Aquila said. "I don't know who did it one or two people or the whole bunch, to me I'm very concerned about it."

We've been trying to interview the Police Chief about this situation since last week. Then, he told us he was unavailable for an on camera interview. Tuesday, he answered our calls but didn't get back to us in a timely fashion while we were in town to do an interview.

Last year, an Investigative Unit report found nearly half of the New Roads Police Department is not certified with weapons training. The State Commission for Law Enforcement says full time officers are required to be post certified within a year of getting hired. Officer Donnon hasn't met those requirements.

"I think the chief needs to run his office in an efficient manner and have trained police officers working and dealing with the citizens of New Roads," D'Aquila said.

D'Aquila doesn't believe that's being done now, and neither does Johnson who is afraid to deal with police officers in his town.

"He ain't got tell me he's sorry, but something just needs to be done about it," Johnson said.

The New Roads Police Chief said the department investigation is finished, but he wouldn't elaborate. Johnson was released from juvenile detention Monday and charged with aggravated assault.

The Chief referred all questions to the City Attorney. Multiple phone calls to him were not returned.


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