Champagne refused to lower his handgun, forcing officer to shoot
LAFAYETE (KADN) — Thirty-three year old Coty Champagne is dead after an Iberia Parish Sheriff's deputy was forced to shoot him on Saturday night. The sheriff's deputy responded to a domestic disturbance in the 400 block of Evangeline Street in New Iberia. When he got to the residence he was met by Champagne at the door. Champagne was armed with a handgun and pointing it at the officer, and when the officer told him to lower the gun, he did not. The officer reacted and shot an unknown number of times. Champagne died as a result of his injuries. "Whenever you put an officer in a deadly-force-encounter an officer's going to react. He has that split second to react, so in that situation he knew that the police were coming. The weapon should have been left in another part of the house, or dropped upon the officer's command," says Master Trooper Brooks David, State Police Troop I. Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal has requested the Louisiana State Police investigate the incident. They are still in the beginning stages of the investigation, calling it open and active.