Livingston — A man shot by a Livingston Parish deputy will not be prosecuted for attempted murder, though he still faces up to 10 years in prison on the reduced charge.
In April, the Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a home near French Settlement where Matthew Peyronnin, 19, lived with family. State Police, who were called in to investigate, said the deputies were told Peyronnin had a shotgun and was threatening suicide.
When authorities approached the house, he raised his gun toward them, and one of the deputies shot several times, wounding Peyronnin, troopers have said. Neither State Police nor the Sheriff’s Office have identified the deputy, who returned to regular duty a few weeks after the shooting.
Peyronnin’s family members, who said they were home at the time, disputed the police account, saying Peyronnin thought the men outside his home were criminals because law enforcement did not identify themselves.
The deputy opened fire before Peyronnin had a chance to raise his gun, or even open the storm door, hitting not only the teen but his dog, according to Peyronnin’s parents.
The day of the shooting, State Police said Peyronnin would face one count of attempted second-degree murder of a peace officer. When he was booked in the parish jail, it was on a count of attempted first-degree murder of a peace officer.
Attorneys waited several months for investigators to turn over their findings and Peyronnin was set to be arraigned Wednesday. However, lawyers met a day early at the request of defense attorney Franz Borghardt, whose wife gave birth that evening.
Livingston Parish Clerk of Court records indicate Peyronnin was arraigned on one count of aggravated assault upon a police officer with a firearm, punishable by up to a $5,000 fine and 10 years behind bars. He has pleaded not guilty and is next scheduled to appear in court for a motions hearing Oct. 26.
Wednesday, a sheriff’s spokeswoman declined to comment on Peyronnin’s arraignment on the lesser charge, citing department policy about active cases.
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