Angola

This April 22, 2009 photo shows a view of the front entrance of the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, La. (AP file photo/Judi Bottoni)

ST. FRANCISVILLE — State Police are investigating the shooting death Friday of an Angola inmate who charged at a corrections officer and didn't stop after several verbal commands and a warning shot, the state Department of Corrections said.

The inmate, Brandon Lizotte, 35, was serving a life sentence at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola for second-degree murder, after stabbing a man 26 times in 2006.

At close to 6:30 a.m. on Friday, corrections officers were escorting inmates from one of the housing units, called Camp C, to their work area, when Lizotte began running toward an officer, said Ken Pastorick, communications director for the state Department of Public Safety and Corrections. 

The officer gave Lizotte several direct verbal commands to stop and then fired a warning shot, but the inmate continued to "aggressively charge toward the officer," Pastorick said in a news release.

The officer fired his service weapon at Lizotte, who was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly before 8 a.m., Pastorick said.

In November 2006, a state court jury found Lizotte, then 23, guilty of second-degree murder for the 2005 stabbing death of a man.

Lizotte also wounded the man's girlfriend in the incident. The stabbing victims had advised Lizotte's girlfriend to end her relationship with him, according to The Advocate.

In July 2005, Lizotte broke into the couple's Hammond apartment, stabbed the woman, Sabah Ahmed, in her face and the back of her head, before stabbing her boyfriend, Jignesh Patel, 26 times. Patel died of his wounds two days later at a hospital. 

Lizotte told the jury he was too drunk to know what he was doing. The jury at the 21st Judicial District Courthouse in Amite returned three hours after he testified to give a verdict of guilty of second-degree murder. 

Lizotte had been housed at the Angola state penitentiary since December 2006. 

The fatal shooting of Lizotte Friday has been classified as an attempted escape and the State Police along with the West Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office and the Louisiana State Penitentiary Investigative Unit are conducting the investigations in the incident, the Department of Corrections said in a news release. 

The officer involved in the shooting was not named. 

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