Dec 13, 2011 7:30 PM by Melissa Hawkes

Abbeville Residents Concerned After Officer Involved Shooting

Some people are alleging Abbeville Police went too far when an officer opened fire in the middle of a neighborhood. The sheriff said the officers were only trying to protect citizens as well as themselves.

Abbeville resident, Gloria Walker, said, "the kids. Someone could have died and the way the officers responded to everything they were in a rage."

Walker lives just down the street from her cousin on Messana Street. She saw police cars lined up in front of her cousins house on Sunday evening and rushed over to see what was wrong.

"She was hysterical, because she'd just heard some gunshots," she said. "She ended up falling on the floor."

The shots came from an Abbeville Police Officer' s gun. Officials said Abbeville Police Officers were investigating a domestic dispute when a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed passed by them. Officers said they tried to get the driver to pull-over, but he wouldn't and they feared for their safety as well as the safety of residents, so an Abbeville Police officer opened fire.

Neighbors said after police fired five shots at the vehicle, it eventually came to a stop. The driver as well as a woman with two small children got out.

" He was just running for his life and she saw the lady and the children get out and walk away," Walker said.

So far no arrests have been made in the case, but Walker said she doesn't think the driver was doing anything to warrant being shot at.

"Maybe police cars a few streets over waiting for him," Walker said. "But not shoot at him. It's Christmas. It's the holidays. Four lives could have been taken."

The Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Office has taken over investigating the case involving the Abbeville Police Officer firing at the vehicle.  The Sheriff's office was not involved in the initial domestic dispute investigation.



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