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2 months ago

Fallen officer Riggenbach's family sues sheriff, suspect

The wife and children of a fallen Chitimacha police officer are suing the St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert and the suspect in the officer's death.

St. Mary Today originally broke the story of the lawsuit.

Sgt. Rick Riggenbach's family claims in the wrongful death lawsuit that the sheriff's office knew that Thibodeaux suffered from "grave mental disorders" and "made threats against the Cypress Bayou Casino and Sargent (sic) Riggenbach" while being arrested on January 22, 2013 on a disorderly conduct charge.

The plaintiffs claim that despite this knowledge, Thibodeaux was released on January 24, 2013.

Two days later, Thibodeaux allegedly shot and killed Riggenbach when he responded to a call of a shooting and arson at a home on Chitimacha land.

The suit says Thibodeaux killed Riggenbach in "execution fashion" after wounding him and disarming him of his weapon.

The suit states that the fatal shots were fired after two sheriff's deputies--who had also been shot--fled the scene and after the sheriff's office issued a stand down order to other deputies in the area.

Thibodeaux is scheduled to go on trial for the attempted murder of the St. Mary Parish sheriff's deputies on March 17. No trial date has been set for Thibodeaux in Riggenbach's murder.

KATC reached out to the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office, who declined comment on the pending litigation.

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8 months ago

State to seek death penalty in Wilbert Thibodeaux case

Prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty against a man accused of killing a Charenton man and a Chitimacha tribal police officer.

Wilbert Thibodeaux is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of 79-year-old Eddie Lyons and Sgt. Rick Riggenbach. Thibodeaux allegedly killed Lyons in his home before setting the residence on fire. Lyons is accused of fatally shooting Riggenbach later that day.

Thibodeaux entered a plea this morning of "not guilty by reason of insanity" on two attempted first-degree murder charges and an arson charge. Thibodeaux allegedly shot two St. Mary Parish sheriff's deputies the same day police say he killed Riggenbach and set fire to Lyons' home.

A status conference has been scheduled for October 23. Thibodeaux will stand trial on the non-capital offenses on November 19.

KATC's Akeam Ashford will have more on this story tonight on Acadiana's NewsChannel at 5:00 and 6:00.

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11 months ago

Fallen Officer Honored at 10th Annual VOICE Victim's Rally

"My warrior can't do a lot of things right now," said Chitimatcha Police Chief Blaise Smith.

It's been three months since Smith lost an officer in the line of duty.

"You don't realize how special people are until something like this happens," said Smith. "We're all family and we lost part of our family also. We want to be there, and we want to support them, and want them to know we're not gonna' forget, and we're always gonna' be there for them."

Sergeant Rick Riggenbach was killed while responding to a call in Charenton back in January. He left behind a wife and three children.

"I miss him. I miss him a lot," said Riggenbach's daughter, Mary Riggenbach Thompson. "You can say, you know, everyone's doing okay. We're keeping together and staying strong and we'll survive together."

The 10th annual VOICE victim's rally was held in Sgt. Riggenbach's honor. VOICE, which stands for voices of innocent citizens empowered, holds a vigil every year to remember victims of violent crimes from across Acadiana.

"I want them to keep Sgt. Rick Riggenbach's memory alive forever because he made the ultimate sacrifice; giving his life to protect others," said VOICE President, Catalene Theriot.

A St. Mary Parish grand jury has indicted the man accused in the death of Sgt. Rick Riggenbach. Wilbert Thibodeaux is also accused of killing another man and injuring two St. Mary Parish deputies that same day back in January. He's been indicted on two counts of first degree murder, two counts of attempted first degree murder and one count of arson.

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1 year ago

Man accused of Charenton shootings pleads not guilty

The man accused of the Charenton shootings pleaded not guilty Friday in 16th Judicial Court in St. Mary Parish. Wilbert Thibodeaux was in court when the judge signed an order to get Thibodeaux's medical records and ordered a status hearing for Aug. 1.

After the shootings and a brief stay in the Iberia Parish Jail, Wilbert Thibodeaux has since been held in a mental ward at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in St. Gabriel. During the status conference, prosecutors can decide whether to seek the death penalty.

The January shootings killed Chitimacha Tribal Sgt. Rick Riggenbach and 79-year-old Eddie Lyons. Lyons' body was found inside a burned mobile home, believed to be set by Thibodeaux. Also, Thibodeaux is accused of shooting and wounding two St. Mary Parish sheriff's deputies.

Despite Louisiana State Police asking three to four more months to complete their crime scene investigation, the judge ordered the report be submitted by May 31.

Thibodeaux is charged with two counts of first degree murder, two counts of attempted first degree murder and one count of simple arson. He was returned to prison after his arraignment.

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1 year ago

Man accused in Charenton shootings indicted

A St. Mary Parish Grand Jury indicted Wilbert Thibodeaux, the man accused of killing a Charenton Police Officer and a Charenton man in January. Thibodeaux is indicted on two counts of first degree murder, two counts of attempted first degree murder and one count of simple arson.

He's accused of shooting to death Chitimacha Tribal Sgt. Rick Riggenbach and 79-year-old Eddie Lyons. Lyons' body was found inside a burned mobile home, believed to be set by Thibodeaux. Also, Thibodeaux is accused of shooting and wounding two St. Mary Parish sheriff's deputies.

Thibodeaux is in a mental ward at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in St. Gabriel.

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1 year ago

Grand Jury Date Set for Wilbert Thibodeaux

The case of a man accused of murdering a police officer will soon go to a grand jury. According to the 16th Judicial District Attorney's Office, a grand jury will hear evidence against Wilbert Thibodeaux on March 19. Thibodeaux is accused of killing Chitimacha Tribal Sergeant Rick Riggenbach and 79-year-old Eddie Lyons on January 26. Thibodeaux also allegedly shot and wounded two St. Mary Parish sheriff's deputies.

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1 year ago

Case against man accused in Charenton shootings heads to grand jury

The case against the man accused in the Charenton shootings will go before a St. Mary Parish Grand Jury on March 19. Wilbert Thibodeaux is charged with two counts of 1st degree murder, two counts of attempted 1st degree murder and one count of arson. He's accused of shooting and killing Chitimacha Police Sgt. Rick Riggenbach and 79-year-old Eddie Lyons. He's also accused of shooting and injuring St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office Deputies Matthew Strickland and Jason Javier.

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1 year ago

Funeral service tomorrow for Charenton shooting victim

The Charenton man who died allegedly at the hands of Wilbert Thibodeaux will be buried tomorrow. Funeral services for Eddie Lyons, 79, will be held at Mt Pleasant Baptist Church in Charenton Saturday, February 2 at 11a.m.

Lyons was shot and his body was found inside his burned trailer, which Thibodeaux is accused of setting on fire. According to Lyons' obituary, he was a mechanic and worked for Sterling Sugars Inc, for 35 years before retiring in 2005.

Thibodeaux is accused of shooting and killing Chitimacha Police Sgt. Rick Riggenbach and shooting and injuring St. Mary Parish Deputies Matthew Strickland and Jason Javier.

Thibodeaux is charged with two counts of 1st degree murder, two counts of attempted 1st degree murder and one count of arson.

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1 year ago

Doctors to determine if man accused in Charenton shootings is competent

The attorney for the man accused of the shootings in Charenton has not called for a sanity commission to examine Wilbert Thibodeaux's sanity. At least, not yet.
16th Judicial District Public Defender Craig Colwart told KATC he won't file for doctors to examine Thibodeaux's sanity until all evidence is gathered. The sanity commission, made up of two doctors, will determine two things - whether Thibodeaux is competent to proceed and stand trial and whether he was insane at the time of the alleged shootings.

Thibodeaux is accused of shooting and killing Chitimacha Police Sgt. Rick Riggenbach and 79-year-old Eddie Lyons. He's also accused of shooting and injuring St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office Deputies Matthew Strickland and Jason Javier. Colwart said his office is "uncovering a lot" on Thibodeaux's mental state, and he wants that information to build a stronger case before the sanity commission examines him.

Thibodeaux is in a mental ward at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in St. Gabriel.

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1 year ago

Second Wounded Deputy Released from Hospital

The second deputy wounded during a shooting Saturday in Charenton has been released from a hospital. Deputy Matthew Strickland was released Wednesday. Strickland visited the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office to see his co-workers shortly after he was discharged. Fellow deputy Jason Javier, who was also shot in the incident, was released from a hospital on Tuesday.

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1 year ago

Vigil Honors All 4 Victims of Charenton Shooting

In a packed Mount Pleasant Church, the community of Charenton once again came out to pray and support the victims of Saturday's shooting. One of the speakers was Chitamacha Police Chief Blaise Smith. He spoke on behalf of the family of Sgt. Rick Riggenbach who was killed in the line of duty.

"Riggenbach loved each and every one of you as he did everybody else. I've seen him in the community and many of you have called me and complemented his actions and the deeds that he has done," Chief Smith said.

Mount Pleasant was also the home church for Eddie Lyons who also died during Saturday's events. His brother, Curley Lyons, remembers how much Eddie enjoyed life.

"Eddie was someone that loved life and he lived his life to the fullest all of his life. Everybody that knew him would tell you that Eddie was the kind of person who lived life happy, like most people would like to be," Curley Lyons said.

Through songs and scripture, the crowd sent their well wishes to the injured St. Mary Parish Deputies Jason Javier and Matthew Strickland and prayed for those who didn't make it. All four are known as heroes in community of Charenton.

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1 year ago

Deputies' Conditions Improve

The conditions of the St. Mary Parish sheriff's deputies is continuing to improve. Sheriff Mark Hebert says Deputy Jason Javier was released from a hospital last night. Hebert adds that Javier visited the sheriff's office today to visit with some of his colleagues. Deputy Matthew Strickland is out of ICU and has been moved to a regular room. Hebert reports that Strickland is communicating and talking to family members and is doing well.

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1 year ago

Funeral set for slain Chitimacha police officer

FRANKLIN, La. (AP) - A funeral service was set for Thursday for the Chitimacha tribal police officer killed in shootings that also wounded two sheriff's deputies and left another man dead.

The service for Sgt. Rick Riggenbach was scheduled for 2 p.m. at Crossing Place Church in Franklin, followed by burial at a Morgan City cemetery.

Forty-eight-year-old Wilbert Thibodeaux, of Charenton, was arrested on murder and arson charges Saturday after he allegedly gunned down an elderly resident, Eddie Lyons, and set fire to a mobile home before shooting the three officers.

One of the wounded St. Mary Parish sheriff's deputies, 23-year-old Jason Javier, was released from the hospital Tuesday. The other, 24-year-old Matthew Strickland, remained hospitalized Wednesday but was in stable condition, according to a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office.

"He continues to improve but he is being closely monitored by medical personnel," said the spokeswoman, Traci Landry.

Landry said Javier visited his colleagues at the sheriff's office Wednesday.

"He's in good spirits," she added.

Riggenbach was a four-year member of the tribal police department who previously served 10 years as a St. Mary Parish sheriff's deputy.

A spokesman for the Louisiana State Police said earlier this week that Riggenbach acted heroically, saving others from harm. However, authorities have released few details about the deadly encounter, saying they don't want to jeopardize the investigation.

Police said the officers were responding to a report of an armed man walking down a road near the Cypress Bayou Casino in Charenton when Thibodeaux shot them. Thibodeaux also was wounded during the confrontation.

Investigators found the burned body of Lyons, 78, of Charenton, after extinguishing the blaze at the mobile home.

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1 year ago

Prayer Vigil Tonight for Police Victims Involved in the St. Mary Parish Shooting

A prayer vigil will be held tonight for the police victims involved in the St. Mary Parish shooting on Saturday. Two out of the three St. Mary Parish deputies remain hospitalized but stable. Both are expected to recover and are said to be in good spirits. Tthat's 23-year-old Jason Javier, who's been with the department for two years.
Also 24-year-old Matthew Strickland, who rejoined the department this month after serving in the National Guard.
Killed in the shooting was Sergeant Rick Riggenbach, of the Chitimacha Police Department. He's worked in law enforcement for 15 years including time with the St. Mary Parish sheriff's office. He was also a veteran of the United States Navy. Riggenbach leaves behind a wife and 4 children, he was 52 years old.
The prayer vigil will be held tonight at the Mount Pleasant Church in Charenton and will begin at 6 p.m.

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1 year ago

Vigil Held For Fallen Chitamacha Police Officer

A community broken by tragedy came together Monday to honor Sgt. Rick Riggenbach. He was known throughout the community as a friend and someone many could look to for help.
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"He was always there for me whether I needed a friend or I needed a cop. He always just had a smile on his face. He was very genuine, had respect for everyone," Bailey LaGrange said.

"He was amazing. I seen him the day before he died," Danielle Trosclair said through tears, "he was just an amazing person."

Police officers from around the area came out to show their support for members of the Chitamacha Police Department. Those who worked with Riggenbach, spoke highly about a man they considered family.

"We are confident in our our heart that he did what he loved. He served the community with integrity and with dedication and with love," Officer Joe Garrison of the Chitamacha Police Department said.

Chitamacha Police Chief Blaise Smith was with Riggenbach during his final moments. He says he'll never forget him or the service gave to the department. Ultimately, losing his life in the line of duty.

"If he had not done what he had done, I'm horrified to think of what would have happened. I have no idea how many lives he saved, but it didn't matter to him. To him the only thing that mattered was to protect those people who were by him."

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1 year ago

Still Many Unanswered Questions Into Deadly Shooting

"We are united as one. It doesn't matter about the shape of our badges, the colors of our uniforms. Everyday, we come out to do the exact same thing....protect and serve the people which we serve," said Trooper Stephen Hammons.

Three police officers shot over the weekend in Saint Mary Parish, one of them killed. They're being remembered by family, friends and fellow officers. The case has rattled the small community. It started with what seemed like a routine call, but within a matter of hours, three people were shot, two men were dead including a police officer.

It all happened Saturday morning in Charenton. Officers were responding to a house fire on Flatown Road near the Cypress Bayou Casino.

There was in fact a fire, but there was also a man with a gun. Three first responders were shot, one of them a Chitamacha police officer was killed.

Also dead is 78-year old Eddie Lyons. The fire was at his mobile home, his body was found after the fire was out.

The suspect is Wilbert Thibodeaux, he's being held away from the St. Mary Parish jail for his safety in Iberia Parish. He is facing two counts of first degree murder, two counts of attempted first degree murder and one count of arson.

All of the officers have been identified. Killed in the shooting was Sargeant Rick Riggenbach of the Chitimacha Police Department. He's worked in law enforcement for 15 years including time with the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office. He was also a veteran of the United States Navy. Riggenbach leaves behind a wife and four children. He was 52 years old.

Two St. Mary Parish Deputies remain hospitalized including 23 year old Jason Javier who's been with the department for two years.

24-year-old Matthew Strickland who rejoined the department this month after serving in the National Guard. Both deputies are expected to recover and are said to be in good spirits.

There are still many unanswered questions about what happened Saturday.

With heavy hearts, law enforcement from across the state packed into the St. Mary Sheriff's Office to shed light on Saturday's deadly shooting.

"Certainly there are some answers we do have, but we have to maintain the integrity of the case and the D.A.'s job," said Trooper Stephen Hammons.

Many questions remain unanswered including why Wilbert Thibodeaux allegedly went on a rampage. Troopers would not say if Thibodeaux owned the shotgun they say he used and there's still no answer as to who shot Thibodeaux.

"Not only do we have more people to interview, but there's a lot of information we need to get from those interviews we've conducted and continue to conduct," said Hammons.

Sergeant Rick Riggenbach of the Charenton Police Department was the first on scene. Dispatch reported there was an armed man walking down the street with a gun and gas canister.

"that's why the deputies were arriving there as well."

As far as Eddie Lyons, troopers will not say if he was shot inside or out of his trailer before it went up in flames.

Thibodeaux was arrested last week for disturbing the peace, that's according to Riggenbach's wife, but authorities wouldn't confirm. Sergeant Riggenbach was the arresting officer.

"He threatened to kill my husband and he threatened to shoot the casino up," said Bonnie Riggenbach.

Chris Welty
cwelty@katctv.com

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1 year ago

Family of Fallen Chitimacha Officer Speaks

Sgt. Rick Riggenbach loved many things. his wife Bonnie, his children, and his work. "He loved his job", says Bonnie Riggenbach, the officer's widow.

His family says his nickname was "Robocop" because of the way he carried himself and how serious he took being a police officer.
He also took safety seriously, and encouraged his family to embrace the Second Amendment.

Bonnie Riggenbach says, "He believed and I believed we have the right to bear arms."

Bonnie says while not having her husband come home to her has been unreal, she's proud her husband was able to save the lives of others, and that both Jason Javier and Matthew Strickland are alive and with their families.
Mary Riggenbach, Sgt. Riggenbach's daughter, says it's still hard to believe her dad won't be coming home. Mary says, "I just wish I could hold him one last time".

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1 year ago

Funeral arrangements set for Sgt. Rick Riggenbach

Visitation will take place on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at Twin City Funeral Home beginning at 3:00 pm until 10:00 PM and will resume on Thursday, January 31, 2013 at The Crossing Place in Franklin starting at 10:00 am until time of service at 2:00 pm. He will be laid to rest in the Morgan City Cemetery.


Funeral Arrangements
Sergeant Rick Riggenbach

Visitation
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 from 3 to 10 p.m.
Twin City Funeral Home
412 Fourth St.
Morgan City

Thursday, January 31, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Crossing Place Church
1096 North West Boulevard
Franklin
Service will be at 2:00 p.m.

Burial will be
Morgan City Cemetery & Mausoleum
450 Myrtle Street
Morgan City

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1 year ago

St. Mary Parish deputies recovering after Charenton shooting

The two deputies shot and injured in Charenton over the weekend "are doing well and are in good spirits," St. Mary Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Traci Landry said. Jason Javier, 23, and Matthew Strickland 24, are recovering in hospitals in Lafayette and New Orleans.

Javier was recently recognized for his contribution in removing drunk driver from the road. Mothers Against Drunk Driving commended him for four arrests. Javier has been a St. Mary Parish Sheriff's deputy for two years, and Strickland worked briefly at the sheriff's office in 2011 and rejoined in January.

Deputy Javier is pictured above third from the left and Deputy Strickland is pictured below.

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1 year ago

Officer and deputies remembered and honored during news conference

The Charenton officer who died in the line of duty and two St. Mary Parish Sheriff's deputies who were injured were remembered during a news conference in Franklin this morning. Today is about the officer with the Chitimacha Police Department who gave his life protecting and serving, the deputies who were injured, their families and the Lyons family, State Trooper Stephen Hammons said. Wilbert Thibodeaux, 48, is accused of shooting and killing 78-year-old Eddie Lyons before law enforcement arrived on the scene in Charenton Saturday morning.

Authorities say Thibodeaux shot and killed Sgt. Rick Riggenbach. "His heroic actions did prevent other people form being injured. He certainly is a hero," Hammons said about Riggenbach. Riggenbach served 15 years in law enforcement. He served 10 years and eight months with the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office and four years and five months with the Chitimacha Police Dept. It's a loss for everybody in law enforcement, Hammons said. "We are united as one. It doesn't matter about the shape of our badges or colors of uniforms." Charenton Police arrested Thibodeaux last Tuesday for disturbing the peace. Sgt. Riggenbach was the arresting officer.

The two deputies who were shot are in stable condition. St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert would not talk specifically about their injuries. We'd like to fulfill our careers without tragedy such as this, he said. Jason Javier, 23, has been a St. Mary Parish Sheriff's deputy for two years, and Matthew Strickland, 24, worked briefly at the sheriff's office in 2011 and rejoined January. "All I ask is that you continue to pray for all those who put their lives on the line every single day," Herbert said. Javier and Strickland are in stable condition at hospitals in Lafayette and New Orleans.

State Police Colonel Michael D. Edmonson is in Washington D.C. today, but Capt. Doug Cain spoke on his behalf. "We grieve together, we'll heal together," he said.

Thibodeaux is charged with two counts of 1st degree murder, two counts of attempted 1st degree murder and one count of arson. Thibodeaux is being held in the Iberia Parish Jail.

Pictured: The Chitimacha Police Chief holds a picture of Sgt. Rick Riggenbach

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1 year ago

Joint Press Conference Scheduled for Tomorrow on St. Mary Parish Shooting

Tomorrow St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert, Chitimacha Police Chief Blaze Smith, 16th Judicial District Attorney Phil Haney, Fire Marshal Butch Browning and officials from Louisiana State Police will hold a joint press conference to release the names of the Officer and Deputies involved in Saturdays shooting.

It will be held at the St. Mary Parish Courthouse, in Franklin,at 10:30am

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1 year ago

Suspect in Charenton Double Murder and Double Attempted Murder Booked

Detectives have charged 48-year-old Wilbert Thibodeaux of Charenton with two counts of 1st degree murder, two counts of attempted 1st degree murder and one count of arson. Thibodeaux is being held in the Iberia Parish Jail.

The deputies remain in stable condition at hospitals in Lafayette and New Orleans.

The case remains under investigation.

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1 year ago

Charenton Man Shoots and Kills One Person, One Officer and Leaves Two Deputies in Critical Condition

Today, Detectives with Louisiana State Police were contacted by St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert and requested to investigate an officer involved shooting in Charenton.

Deputies with St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office and an Officer with the Chitimacha Police Department responded to a call of a man armed with a shotgun walking in the 10000 block of Flat Town Road in Charenton. 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 were able to take Thibodeaux into custody without further incident.

Meanwhile, a mobile home fire, believed to be set by Thibodeaux prior to officer's arrival, was extinguished by firefighters. Once extinguished, Detectives and State Fire Marshal Investigators discovered the body of 78-year-old Eddie Lyons of Charenton in the home. Detectives suspect Lyons was shot by Thibodeaux before the fire.

Thibodeaux was treated and released from the hospital. He is currently in State Police custody. His charges are pending.

The two deputies are in critical but stable condition. One is at a hospital in New Orleans and the other is at a hospital in Lafayette. Their identities have not been officially released.

The shooting remains under investigation by State Police. The fire remains under investigation by the State Fire Marshals Office.

"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."

On Monday, St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office, the Chitimacha Police Department and State Police will hold a press conference to release the names of the officers involved and speak about their service to their community. The time of that press conference will be released when details are available.

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1 year ago

Civilian Body Found in St. Mary Parish Shooting

A civilian was found deceased during the investigation in St. Mary Parish. Troopers say the male victim was shot, but they don't know if he died as a result of the shooting or the fire. His body was found after the fire was put out.

48-year-old Wilbert Thibodeaux is in custody and facing charges in connection with the shootings. Thibodeaux is injured from a gunshot wound to his upper torso, but troopers are not saying who fired that shot at this time. He is out of the hospital and in State Police custody.

The case remains under investigation.

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1 year ago

UPDATE: Three Officers Shot; One Dead following a Shooting in St. Mary Parish

In St. Mary Parish, State police are investigating a shooting that involved 3 officers.

Troopers say, around 11:00 this morning, officers responded to a fire on Flatown Road in Charenton. Once on scene, they found the suspect armed with a gun. Troopers say the suspect shot three officers, killing one of them. State Police have confirmed the officer killed was part of the Chitimacha Police Department. We have not confirmed what agencies the other two officers are with, but we do know that they were both transported to the hospital with critical injures. One officer is in a Lafayette hospital and the other in New Orleans.

Family members tell us their loved one, Matthew Strickland with the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office, was shot in the incident. He was said to have been shot several times in the face/neck area. He is at a trauma center in New Orleans. His family says he just started last week at the Sheriff's Office. He previously worked at the jail and served a year with the National Guard in Iraq. The identities of the other two officers have not been released at this time.

Meanwhile, one witness tells us he saw the suspect walking down the street with a shotgun and a gas can this morning. When he questioned the man, he says, he refused to tell him why. Another witness tells us he set his neighbors trailer on fire.

At this time, we do not know if the officers shot at the suspect, but we do know he is in custody. State Police are still on scene and the investigation is still ongoing. We will have the very latest on Acadiana's Newschannel at 6pm & 10pm.

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1 year ago

Three Officers Shot; One Dead following a Shooting in St. Mary Parish

Troopers say, officers in St. Mary Parish were responding to a report of a fire this morning in Charenton, near the casino. When they arrived on scene they found a suspect armed with a gun. Three officers were shot. Two have been transferred to the hospital with critical injures. One officer is in a Lafayette hospital and the other in New Orleans. The third officer died as a result of his injuries. The suspect is in custody.

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1 year ago

Officer Involved Shooting in St. Mary Parish

State Police and several other agencies are on scene of an officer involved shooting in St. Mary Parish. Troopers say just before 11:00am deputies with the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's were responding to a call in Charenton, near the casino, when shots were fired. Details from State Police are limited at this time, but family members tell us their loved one, Matthew Strickland with the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office was shot in the incident. Strickland is in stable condition at the hospital. He was said to have been shot several times in the face/neck area. He is being taken to a trauma center in New Orleans. No word on why he was called out or if there are any other people injured.

Strickland just started last week at Sheriff's Office. He previously worked at the jail and served a year with the National Guard in Iraq. Family members say he is talking at this time.

Troopers continue to investigate, we have a crew on scene as well. We will bring you the latest as it becomes available.

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