HAMMOND, La. — A Louisiana State Trooper who fired six shots into a vehicle fleeing a traffic stop in Hammond, La will not be charged in the driver’s death.
The Advocate reports District Attorney Scott Perrilloux decided the September shooting of 23-year-old Coltin LeBlanc was justified.
Video footage from the officers body cam shows Trooper Andre Bezou grabbing the driver’s door frame as LeBlanc tries to drive off. Prosecutors claim Bezou would have been dragged or tossed if he hadn’t opened fire.
The mother of the victim, Sherry LeBlanc, says Bezou put his own life in danger by grabbing on and didn’t have the right to kill her son.
Lt. Nick Manale says State Police will determine whether Bezou will be disciplined for policy violations. He’s returned to regular duty.