We have more information on the fatal shooting involving a St. Mary Parish Sheriff's deputy this morning.
The preliminary investigation revealed at approximately 2:30 a.m., Berwick Police Department and St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office personnel responded to a report of a suspicious person.
The subject, later identified as 37-year-old Robert Pearce of New Iberia, fled upon contact with law enforcement which led to a foot pursuit. Pearce then attempted to carjack a female motorist while armed with what appeared to be a handgun near Sixth Street and Utah Street, state police say.
As Pearce made entry into the female motorist’s vehicle with the weapon, responding law enforcement personnel discharged their service weapons striking Pearce. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Mary Parish Coroner’s Office. It was later determined that the handgun was a BB gun pistol.
No other injuries were reported. Louisiana State Police Crime Lab processed the scene for all evidence.
Louisiana State Police is the lead investigating agency. This is an active investigation and information will be released as the investigative process continues.
“It is an unfortunate and tragic event that caused the loss of life. I stand behind and support the actions of my deputies and we are cooperating fully with the Louisiana State Police in this investigation,” said Sheriff Blaise Smith.
Louisiana State Police are investigating the incident.
KATC has a crew headed to the scene and will have more information when it becomes available.
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