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Abbeville PD releases statement on officer involved shooting

Posted at 12:28 PM, Apr 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-05 13:36:13-04

The Abbeville Police Department has released a statement on the officer-involved shooting earlier this week.

That shooting which occurred Wednesday night, left one officer injured. A suspect, Nahshon Brooks was arrested Thursday in Lafayette Parish.

The statement is below:

We, the Abbeville Police Department, would like to thank several individuals, agencies and the citizens of Abbeville and the surrounding area for all of the support shown in the past few days.  It is times like this that can either rip people apart or bring them together.  First of all, our thoughts and prayers are with our “Sister in Blue” and her family.  This officer has shown herself to be an outstanding asset to the Abbeville Police Department.  This officer has always conducted herself as a great police officer and person.  Her courage and fight will help her recover from this act of cowardness.  In respect for her safety and privacy, the officer’s name is not being publicly released.

The Abbeville Police Department, to this point, has not publicly commented on this incident for several reasons.  Not the least of which is the investigation itself.  Although the officer did not fire her weapon, this was still an officer-involved shooting.  Every officer-involved shooting with a member of the Abbeville Police Department is investigated by the Louisiana State Police.  As a matter of practice, the Abbeville Police Department does not comment on the specifics of any ongoing investigations.  We will not make any comment that may hinder their investigation in any way.

Abbeville Police Department Chief William “Bill” Spearman’s motto has been “Only together, can we keep Abbeville safe.”  Chief Spearman believes in this motto so much that he has put it on the design of the patrol units.  This incident has proven once again that when in need, law enforcement brothers and sisters come together to help each other out.  Chief Spearman and the Abbeville Police Department would like to thank the following agencies for their assistance in this matter, from the immediate aftermath of the incident through several days after.  If there are any agencies that were accidentally omitted, we sincerely apologize.  All of the support that we have received and are continuing to receive is tremendously appreciated.

     Louisiana State Police

     Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office

     Lafayette Police Department

     U.S. Marshall’s Service

     Abbeville City Marshall’s Office

     St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office

     St. Martinville Police Department

     LA Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries

     Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office

     Vermilion Parish Metro Narcotics Task Force

     Erath Police Department

     Chitimacha Tribal Police Department

     Carencro Police Department

     Youngsville Police Department

     LA Department of Probation and Parole

     Duson Police Department

     New Iberia Police Department

     U.S. Department of Homeland Security

     U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms

     LA Association of Chiefs of Police

     Southwest Louisiana Association of Chiefs of Police

     Acadian Ambulance Services, Inc.