A Lafayette Parish grand jury late Wednesday declined to indict a Youngsville business owner who shot and killed one of two New Iberia teenagers he caught burglarizing his firearms facility.
George Fournet, 46, shot the teens after confronting them during a Dec. 28 burglary at the man’s gun sales and marksman training facility next door to his Austin Road home.
Fournet killed 19-year-old Latorious Walker in the confrontation, also injuring Walker’s 17-year-old passenger, Lamar Brooks.
Brooks in April pleaded guilty to two counts of simple burglary in the incident. Fifteenth Judicial District Judge Marilyn Castle sentenced him to three years of supervised probation, according to court records.
Fournet already had reported a burglary and stolen weapons that night when he again heard the alarm go off and returned to confront the teens, who were armed in a pickup truck with Fournet’s merchandise, the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office said at the time.
Fournet told detectives he fired when the driver, later identified as Walker, drove toward him in the truck, which had been reported stolen from Lafayette, the Sheriff’s Office has said.
Deputies found Walker and Brooks about a mile from the scene with some of the guns reported stolen from Fournet’s business, the Sheriff’s Office has said. Walker was dead in the driver’s seat and suffering multiple bullet wounds. Brooks had been shot once.
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