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LSP investigating fatal crash in Thibodeaux; Sheriff identifies Deputy who died

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Posted at 4:50 AM, Apr 03, 2023

THIBODEAUX, La. — On April 2, 2023, Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations responded to a fatal crash involving a Lafourche Parish deputy.

The crash transpired just before 5 am on Louisiana Highway 1 near Klienpeter Road, officials confirm.

According to a preliminary investigation conducted by State Police, an officer with the Houma Police Department attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation. The suspect fled at a high rate of speed and police pursued the suspect.

The suspect stopped at one point during the pursuit. As a result, responding officers attempted to negotiate with the suspect. The suspect sped off once more before ramming into a Lafourche Parish deputy’s unit stopped nearby, State Police report.

The deputy sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at a local hospital on Sunday. The suspect was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital with moderate injuries, authorities say.

Sheriff Craig Webre with the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office has identified the deputy as Detective Sergeant Nicholas Pepper.

“Nick epitomized all that is honored and revered in a peace officer,” said Sheriff Webre. “The tremendous outpouring of love and gratitude from the community is truly appreciated. I ask that you continue to keep Sergeant Nick Pepper and his family, as well as our Sheriff’s Office family, in your thoughts and prayers.”

The investigation is ongoing. Further information will be released when it becomes available.