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Opelousas police chief’s son involved in altercation following court appearance

Posted at 8:31 PM, Feb 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-26 22:49:48-05

Opelousas police confirm that the son of Chief Martin McLendon was involved in an altercation while outside of court on Monday.

Jemarcus McLendon / KATC

Jemarcus McLendon was in court in relation to murder charges. He was indicted on murder in the deaths of Nakia Ramer and Shaw Parish.

The incident happened just outside the courthouse as the family of the victims and Jemarcus were leaving.

Police Lt. Rodney May says two members of one of the murder victim’s family, a 15-year-old girl and her father, attacked Jemarcus as he was being escorted out of the courthouse. Police say Jemarcus was “shackled securely in accordance with the correctional facilities standards during the incident.”

The girl and the father received misdemeanor summonses.

Family members of the murder victim tell us the attack happened after Jemarcus allegedly made a comment to the 15-year-old. May could not confirm if that happened.

Police say Chief McLendon did not respond to the altercation and was made aware of it after the fact. The chief tells KATC he will not get involved with this case because it involves family. He was not in office at the time of his son’s arrest and indictment.

Major Mark Guidry with the city’s police department says, “In an effort to have complete transparency and integrity regarding this incident, the Opelousas Police Department will request the aid of an outside agency to review the facts surrounding this case.”