Livingston Parish deputies behaved appropriately while responding to an Aug. 27 suicide call in which a man was fatally shot by law enforcement, the Sheriff’s Office said Friday.
Authorities had been called to Old Baton Rouge Highway in Albany on a report of an attempted suicide and encountered Freddie W. LeBlanc, 48, who had a gun and refused to put it down. He pointed it toward the deputies, who shot him, according to the news release issued that day.
The Sheriff’s Office and State Police investigated the shooting.
On Friday, sheriff’s spokeswoman Lori Steele wrote in an email that although the investigation remains ongoing, deputies were found to have acted appropriately, and investigators found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing.
The deputies involved were put on leave and are expected to return to work next week, Steele wrote.
She did not answer questions seeking more information. Sheriff Jason Ard did not return calls for comment.
The Sheriff’s Office has not named the deputies who shot LeBlanc or indicated how many were involved with the shooting, nor have they discussed the specifics of LeBlanc’s wounds or whether he spoke to deputies when they arrived on the scene.
In 2002, LeBlanc pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the 1996 death of 51-year-old Samual Winborn, a Times-Picayune carrier who was stabbed five times.
He was released April 9, 2012.