Lafayette man convicted on weapons charges

Posted at 10:56 AM, Apr 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-19 11:56:03-04

A Lafayette man whose arrest led to an officer-involved shooting has been convicted on weapons charges.

A jury convicted him even though he didn’t show up for the second day of trial: a SWAT team had to track him down and arrest him, according to the District Attorney’s Office. 

Robert Stewart, 40, was convicted of being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm. His previous felony convictions were for possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of cocaine. 

Stewart was arrested in September on a warrant. When police arrived at the location where Stewart was, some men in the front yard of the home started running. One of them, Tevin Lewis, allegedly had a gun but wouldn’t drop it when police ordered him to. The officers fired twice, striking Lewis once. Lewis already was wanted on weapons charges. Two other men at the house that night also were arrested on drug charges. Lewis recovered from his injuries. 

Stewart is facing a possible sentence of 10 to 40 years without parole. 

To read our story about the incident, click here.