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Gueydan Police Chief investigated over alleged altercation

Posted at 11:19 AM, May 07, 2021

GUEYDAN, La. — Vermilion Parish Sheriff's detectives are currently investigating an altercation that involved the Gueydan Police Chief.

Mayor Jude Reese says Chief Shawn Theriot was involved in an altercation and is currently being investigated by Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Office.

The owner of Gueydan Tire Company and stepdaughter to Police Chief Theriot spoke to KATC and shared details she recalls of the incident.

Ashlyn Murphy tells us a customer was upset because he wanted certain tires on his car, but the staff at the tire shop said they were not safe for his vehicle.

When the customer came back later that day, Murphy says the chief was there visiting at the time and handled the customer's claims that the shop stole his tires.

According to Murphy, that's when the customer allegedly pushed the police chief and the fight became physical.

“Apparently, the guy had an issue with the service that he received here, and instead of coming here speaking to anybody, he just came very irately, losing his mind, screaming, hollering, cursing out our employees," she said.

Roland Wilson Sr. was at the shop when the altercation happened says the man pushed the chief at least three times.

He also says the man told him to shut up when Wilson told the man to leave.

In a release, VPSO says that the incident was over before deputies arrived.

KATC is not identifying the customer involved because charges are not pending against them at this time.

Following an investigation into the incident, Reese says the findings would be turned over to the District Attorney's office.

KATC has reached out to the chief for comment, but family tells us that Theriot will not be speaking on the incident because there is an ongoing investigation.

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