St. Martin

May 17, 2013 5:42 PM by Tonya LaCoste

DA: St. Martin Deputies justified in deadly shooting

After pouring over a Louisiana State Police report, St. Martin Parish Assistant District Attorney Chester Cedars has determined St. Martin Parish Sheriff's deputies were justified in shooting Alvin Davis, Jr. The shooting happened on Sept. 28 during a sting operation in which investigators say Davis met with an undercover cop to sell 20 Hydrocodone pills. According to Cedars' report, when Davis arrived at a store parking lot in Henderson where the deal was to take place, backup cops activated their police lights and positioned their vehicles to block Davis. "Immediately upon positioning their vehicles behind the Davis automobile, the agents exited their respective units and began shouting commands for Davis to 'show his hands,'" Cedars said.

The report says Davis backed up his car and hit one of the deputies who had "placed his hands in a defensive posture and was struck by the automobile." At that point,
two deputies fired their guns and the deputy who was hit by the vehicle fired a shot. A total of eleven shots were fired.

Cedars concluded Davis' vehicle, which "was rapidly moving towards" the deputy, would have pinned the deputy between his car and a deputy's car. Some of the evidence Cedars reviewed to reach his conclusion of a justified shooting include nearly 450 pictures, surveillance video of the parking lot where the shooting happened, and autopsy pictures.

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