State Police investigate shooting where suspect wielded BB gun
HOUMA - Louisiana State Police detectives are investigating an officer involved shooting that happened just before noon on Monday near the intersection of Woodlawn Ranch Road and LA 56 in Terrebonne Parish.
According to State Police, the shooting happened at the end of a chase involving a theft suspect by the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office deputies. When a deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on an SUV, the vehicle failed to stop and led deputies on a pursuit. State Troopers and officers from the Houma Police Department responded to assist.
The chase ended when officers deployed spike strips, bringing the vehicle to a stop on Woodlawn Ranch Road. LSP reports that after a brief stand-off, the driver of the vehicle, 45-year-old Jean Falgout, exited the vehicle and pointed a firearm toward officers.
Officers opened fire on Falgout, fatally wounding him. During the initial investigation by LSP, it has been revealed that the weapon Falgout pointed at the arresting officers was actually a .177 caliber Cross Vigilante pellet or BB revolver.
Louisiana State Police are handling the shooting investigation for all three agencies involved in the chase and officer involved shooting. Two LSP Troopers have been placed on paid administrative leave during the shooting investigation.