St. Tammany deputies involved in fatal shooting returned to regular duties; investigation ongoing _lowres

Joshua Dale Douglas

The three St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies who were present March 19 when one of them fatally shot 24-year-old Joshua Dale Douglas have been returned to their normal duties, a spokesman said Friday.

Deputy Matthew DePhillips, who fired the single shot that killed Douglas, was “internally cleared” to return to criminal patrol duty as of Friday, according to Capt. George Bonnett.

DePhillips has worked for the Sheriff’s Office for three years. He has been on criminal patrol duty all that time.

The other deputies at the scene — Deputy 1st Class Jacob Jenkins and Deputy James Kelly — had already returned to duty. Neither fired his weapon in the incident.

None of the three have any disciplinary entries in their personnel files, Bonnett said.

A State Police investigation into the incident is ongoing, Trooper Dustin Dwight said.

The incident began when a deputy recognized that Douglas was driving a stolen Infiniti sedan and tried to pull him over near La. 59 and Interstate 12 north of Mandeville. A chase ensued, ending when Douglas crashed the car into a ditch near Bode and Barbara avenues.

Neither the Sheriff’s Office nor State Police have said why DePhillips shot Douglas.

A pregnant woman in the car with Douglas escaped with minor injuries and has not been charged.

Douglas had a history of arrests, mainly for nonviolent crimes.

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