Woman, 60, killed by deputy after pursuit

By The Associated Press

State Police said a 60-year-old woman fatally shot by a St. John the Baptist Parish sheriff’s deputy was pulled over because of a broken headlight.

Troopers said Barbara Lassere was shot after evading a Thursday morning traffic stop.

Trooper Melissa Matey said Lassere refused to get out of the car when she was stopped and instead brandished a gun before fleeing the scene.

She said the deputy then followed Lassere to a nearby home where police say Lassere then again refused to exit the car and instead fired a round at the deputy.

Matey said the deputy returned fire killing Lassere, Sheriff Mike Tregre said. State Police will handle the investigation into the shooting.