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DA issues ruling in Labit shooting: It was justified

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After more than 18 months, the District Attorney has issued a decision in the officer-involved shooting of Shannon Labit in New Iberia.

"...this Office concludes that the death of Shannon Labit was legally justified and no criminal responsibility can be found for any of the officers involved as they were legally exercising their rights of self-defense and defense of others," a report from District Attorney Bo Duhe states. 

If you'd like to read the entire report for yourself, scroll down.

Labit, 40, died in July 2016 when he was shot by an Iberia Parish Sheriff's deputy after an hours-long standoff. Labit's family filed suit against the sheriff's office over the shooting; it is set for trial in February 2019.

The DA's report includes an outline of the facts of the case, as well as the law involved, and an analysis of the facts in light of the law. 

"For hours, these deputies had been involved in a tense and extremely dangerous situation with a hostile, unstable, and apparently intoxicated man. The deputies were in an extremely dangerous situation and reasonably feared for their own lives and the lives of other officers and bystanders. Although Mr. Labit did not ultimately have a firearm, the law only requires that the deputy "reasonably believe" that he or others are in imminent danger of death or great bodily harm and that the use of deadly force is necessary to prevent that danger. Mr. Labit's actions of aggressively advancing on the deputies----especially taking into account his prior threats and actions over the course of the evening----certainly created circumstances where there was a reasonable belief that Mr. Labit intended to fire on the deputies. A reasonable person, faced with the same situation, would act no differently," the report states. 

To read our story about the shooting and the investigation, click here.

To read our story about the civil suit, click here

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