NEW IBERIA —A New Iberia teen was arrested Saturday in the killing of a 57-year-old city woman, according to the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Ricky Thibodeaux, 17, of New Iberia, was taken into custody Saturday after the woman’s body was found inside her home in the 700 block of Elizabeth Street Friday evening. Thibodeaux was arrested on a counts of first degree murder and resisting arrest by failure to identify.
No additional details were available from authorities on Saturday on how the woman was killed.
Officer-involved shooting under investigation
State Police are investigating an incident in which a Lafayette Parish sheriff’s deputy responding to a disturbance call Friday shot and wounded a man authorities say confronted deputies with a shotgun.
Deputies were initially sent to the 100 block of Crip Lane in reference to a disturbance and after an investigation were led to the 1600 block of Ridge Road to question a suspect, KATC-TV reported.
There, deputies say, they were confronted by Jessie J. Champagne, 54, who was armed with a shotgun. Deputies say they were forced to defend themselves and that Champagne suffered a gunshot wound to his lower body.
He was transported to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries.
The Sheriff’s Office says Champagne, upon release from the hospital, will be charged with indecent behavior with juveniles, simple assault and disturbing the peace.
The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal review.
Man struck, killed by train in St. Landry
The St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal accident shortly around 11 a.m. on Saturday in which a man described as a mentally challenged transient was struck by a train between Grandnigo Road and La. 104 west of Opelousas.
The victim was identified as Michael C. Swank, 46, of Somerset, Kentucky.
The Sheriff’s Office said Swank, who was described as mentally challenged, is believed to have left home in February 2014.
Swank was a transient with no known associates or residence in Louisiana, the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. The release said the victim’s family has been notified.
The train was blocking La. 3043 (Grandnigo Road) for several hours.