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State Police complete investigation of Trayford Pellerin shooting, deliver to District Attorney

Trayford Pellerin
Posted at 4:30 PM, Apr 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-23 23:09:58-04

LAFAYETTE, La. — The Louisiana State Police tell KATC that they have completed their investigation into the fatal, officer-involved shooting Trayford Pellerin by Lafayette Police Department on Aug. 21, 2020.

LSP say that they have handed over their findings to the Lafayette Parish District Attorney's Office in December 2020 to await a hearing before a Grand Jury.

KATC has reached out to the DA's Office, which responded that its own investigation isn’t complete yet. However, they say that once it is, it will go in front of a grand jury.

Pellerin was fatally shot by Lafayette Police officers on Aug. 21, 2020 after he allegedly attempted to enter an occupied convenience store along the NW Evangeline Thruway while armed with a knife.

A cellphone video taken of Pellerin as he was walking up to the convenience store went viral and led to mass protests across Lafayette.

The parents of Trayford Pellerin filed a civil lawsuit in Federal Court against Lafayette Consolidated Government and the Lafayette Police Department in October 2020. A hearing for that case is still pending.

KATC's Victor Jorges will have more on the status of the case tonight at 10 p.m.

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