Parents reach settlement with Terrebonne sheriff over 14-year-old’s killing

Posted at 4:52 PM, Apr 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-05 17:52:26-04

Cameron Tillman’s parents have settled a federal lawsuit with law enforcement over a deputy’s 2014 killing of the 14-year-old.

Tillman’s parents, Wyteika Tillman and Morrell Turner, sued Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Jerry Larpenter and the deputies involved with their son’s shooting after a grand jury declined to indict the deputy who fired the shots.

A judge in the U.S. Eastern District Court of Louisiana dismissed the case on March 28, according to the order of dismissal. The undisclosed settlement is to be completed within 60 days of that date.

Deputies were responding to reports that young men were entering an abandoned home in Houma.

The deputy who killed Tillman told State Police investigators that the teen answered the door and pointed a handgun at him. The other teens who witnessed the shooting said Tillman answered the door empty-handed, according to the lawsuit. Read the lawsuit here.

State Police later found two pellet guns designed to look like pistols in the home, including near where Tillman was shot.