The family of a troubled Ville Platte businessman who shot and killed two Louisiana Department of Insurance Fraud Unit Investigators on Tuesday has issued a statement related to the incident.
?Words cannot express the grief and sorrow we feel for the families of Rhett Jeansonne and Kim Sledge. We pray that God grants them the courage and strength to face the aftermath of this senseless tragedy,? the family of John Melvin Lavergne said in a statement released late Wednesday evening and received Thursday morning by The Advocate.
Slyvan Lavergne has said the shooting at Lavergne’s Insurance on Court Street near Main Street was completely out of character for his younger brother, a man he described as ?easygoing.?
Sylvan Lavergne owns a furniture store on Main Street not far from his younger brother’s office.
The Fraud Unit investigators arrived at John Melvin Lavergne’s business to collect evidence. After the shooting, Lavergne, 67, barricaded himself in the office and died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound during a standoff with State Police and other agencies.
Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon has said his office is ?seriously considering? arming some employees after Tuesday’s shootings and that all department policies are being reviewed with a focus on increasing police escorts for employees meeting with the public and possibly training them to carry handguns.