DENHAM SPRINGS — One man is dead after a shootout with an off-duty Livingston Parish sheriff’s deputy Tuesday afternoon in what police are describing as a domestic situation.
The deputy was at a home on Country Club Lane with his girlfriend when the woman’s ex-husband arrived at the house and tried to get inside, said Trooper 1st Class Jared Sandifer.
The two men got into a gunfight, and when it was over, the ex-husband was dead. Sandifer said investigators had not confirmed the deputy killed him.
No one else was injured.
The case is being investigated as a “domestic violence situation,” the trooper said.
He initially confirmed that the ex-husband and woman had been in court for a divorce matter earlier in the day, but later said he could not verify that information.
Dozens of Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office cruisers lined Country Club Lane for several hours Tuesday afternoon. Some deputies brought canines and wore riot gear.
Sandifer said the Sheriff’s Office believed the ex-husband may have been armed and alive when they arrived and responded as they would to a barricaded suspect.
Other vehicles on the scene included police from Denham Springs and Walker, ambulance crews, a medical helicopter and State Police.
Sheriff Jason Ard requested the state take the lead on the investigation because it involved one of his deputies, Sandifer said.
When called for comment, Ard referred all questions to spokeswoman Lori Steele, who did not return multiple calls Tuesday afternoon.
Parish deputies led reporters and news photographers farther and farther away from the scene during the course of the afternoon, eventually cordoning them off at the opposite end of the street more than a thousand feet away from the scene. A deputy established a checkpoint and made residents show identification before allowing them to pass to their homes.
Hours after the shooting, the state would not reveal specific details on the case, including the names of those involved, the time of the shooting and the address where it occurred.