Prosecutors will not file charges against an Iberia Parish sheriff’s deputy who shot and killed a St. Martinville man during a July 12 domestic disturbance call.
The 16th Judicial District Attorney’s Office said Friday it concurs with the State Police investigation into the shooting death of 33-year-old Coty Champagne — a shooting investigators determined was justified.
“There was nothing that suggested that the deputy did anything that was a violation of a criminal statute,” Assistant District Attorney Rob Vines said in a Friday phone interview.
State Police investigators were not immediately available Friday afternoon to comment on their findings.
The unnamed deputy shot Champagne twice after he ignored commands to drop his handgun as he stood under his stepmother’s carport in the 400 block of Evangeline Street in New Iberia, State Police said after the shooting.
“(Champagne) ignored the verbal commands of the deputy to drop the weapon and instead he brandished the weapon and pointed the weapon at the deputy,” Vines said.
Champagne had been living with his stepmother for about a week when she called the Sheriff’s Office to report he was damaging property at her house, David said.