A Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy shot and killed a man he said was pointing a gun at him Friday night.
The man was identified Saturday as Dedrick Marshall, 48, of Harvey.
It was the JPSO’s fifth officer-involved shooting of the year.
JPSO spokesman Col. John Fortunato said the incident began with an armed confrontation about 8:45 p.m. Friday. He said Marshall walked into a supermarket on the West Bank Expressway near Avenue D and confronted two couples: an ex-girlfriend and her male companion and a second couple, who had a child with them.
They exchanged words and then Marshall walked out of the store and got into his white Chevrolet Camaro.
But as the couples exited the supermarket, Marshall pulled up next to them, pointed a gun at them and made verbal threats, Fortunato said. After circling the lot and confronting the couples a second time, he drove away.
JPSO Deputy Justin McLin and another officer went to Marshall’s home in the 3000 block of Destrehan Avenue shortly after 9 p.m. to speak to him about the incident at the supermarket.
The white Chevrolet Camaro was parked in front of the home when deputies arrived. Not long afterward, Fortunato said, Marshall walked outside and upon seeing McLin, pointed a semi-automatic handgun at him. McLin fired one shot, striking Marshall, who died at the scene.
Fortunato told reporters Friday night at the scene that the suspect, who had not been publicly identified at that point, appeared to squeeze the trigger on his gun, though the weapon did not fire, before he was shot.
A news release issued Saturday did not repeat the statement about squeezing the trigger.
Crime-scene technicians recovered a loaded 40-caliber handgun lying on the ground next to Marshall’s body.
Fortunato said Marshall had a lengthy prior criminal history with arrests for aggravated battery, simple battery, simple assault, second-degree battery, DWI, false imprisonment, domestic abuse and aggravated battery.
Marshall was on probation for second-degree battery and false imprisonment. He was incarcerated in Louisiana from November 2012 through September 2014. He also had similar arrests in Texas.