No charges for Louisiana trooper in fleeing driver's death
HAMMOND (AP) - A Louisiana state trooper who fired six shots into a vehicle fleeing a traffic stop will not be charged in the driver's death.
Citing documents released Monday, The Advocate reports District Attorney Scott Perrilloux decided the September shooting of 23-year-old Coltin LeBlanc was justified.
Body camera video shows Trooper Andre Bezou grabbing the driver's doorframe as LeBlanc tries to drive off. Prosecutors say Bezou would have been dragged or tossed if he hadn't opened fire.
Sherry LeBlanc says Bezou put his own life in danger by grabbing on and didn't have the right to kill her son. An attorney is planning to sue on behalf of Coltin LeBlanc's toddler.
Lt. Nick Manale says State Police will determine whether Bezou will be disciplined for policy violations. He's returned to regular duty.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
CANDIDATES VYING FOR ASCENSION PARISH PRESIDENT PARTICIPATE IN FORUM
Family jewelry among items stolen in brazen burglary in Central neighborhood
Family claims man killed by deputy was unarmed
Local 8th-grader appears on Good Morning America, surprised with huge donation
Highway 42 widening projecting inching closer to completion
Southern Center Jaylon Brinson excited to play in front of home town
Fans' Choice Award Winner 2019: Week 1- Isaiah Jones
Coach O Postgame after Lsu defeats Texas 45-38
Hunter Register leads Southern's offense despite loss to McNeese
Taylor Bannister's journey to becoming a LSU Volleyball Superstar