St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies, attempting to take a man into protective custody, found themselves having to use deadly force Wednesday night. Shortly before 9 p.m. deputies were dispatched to a home on Oak Cove Drive off Fish Hatchery Road in Lacombe, to serve an order of protective custody. An Order of Protective Custody (OPC) is issued by the Coroner’s Office and requires law enforcement to take a subject into protective custody so that he/she may be transported to a medical facility for evaluation and treatment. The OPC was issued by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office after family members contacted that office with concerns their adult son would harm himself or others.
The three deputies who responded to the residence to serve the order were permitted entry into the home by family members. Once inside the residence, they made contact with the individual they were attempting to locate and take into custody. The subject was armed with a firearm. Deputies deployed a less-than-lethal tazer in an effort to subdue the subject, but it was ineffective. The man then raised his firearm, pointing it at and threatening deputies. They responded by discharging their duty weapons, fatally striking the subject. The three deputies involved were not injured have been placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation.
“While it is extremely unfortunate that a life was lost, this particular incident is certainly a reminder of the dangers our deputies face on the daily basis. Fortunately, none of our deputies were injured.” Sheriff Randy Smith said.
The remains of the deceased have been turned over to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office for identification and to determine cause and manner of death.