Jeanerette man charged with stabbing police officer _lowres

Lance Dauphine

Charges were filed Friday against a Jeanerette man who was shot by police after he allegedly stabbed one of two police officers who approached him while investigating a suspicious person complaint.

Lance Dauphine, 42, was charged in 16th Judicial District Court on a count of aggravated battery on Jeanerette police Officer John Brown in the stabbing, according to the bill of information filed in the case. Along with a count of attempted home invasion, Dauphine also was charged with a count of aggravated assault on Jeanerette police Officer Juandre Gilliam, who also had responded to the Nov. 16 complaint.

The charges are lower for Dauphine than those on which he was booked.

He had been held in the Iberia Parish jail since after midnight Nov. 17 when he was booked on two counts of attempted first-degree murder of a police officer and held in lieu of $2 million bail.

Dauphine is accused of stabbing one of the two officers who approached him at 291 Martin Luther King Drive about 11:30 that night, said Maj. Ryan Turner, Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Someone a block away in the 400 block of Bert Street had made a complaint about “a suspicious person trying to gain entry into a private dwelling,” Turner said.

The Sheriff’s Office said an officer opened fire on Dauphine after the stabbing, but Turner would not disclose Friday which officer fired his weapon, the extent of Dauphine’s injuries or how many shots were fired.

Both officers “were cleared of any wrongdoing or negligence” in the shooting, Turner said.

The Sheriff’s Office’s Bureau of Investigations reviewed the shooting at the request of the Jeanerette Police Department, Turner said.

Officers with the department with authority to comment in the case were unavailable late Friday.

Dauphine faces up to 10½ years in prison. If he’s convicted, it wouldn’t be his first time behind bars.

Dauphine was sentenced in 1995 to 10 years at hard labor with all but 2½ years suspended in two separate arrests on theft and purse-snatching, according to the Iberia Parish Clerk of Court’s Office. He also was sentenced the year before to six months in jail on a theft conviction.

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