State Police on Tuesday released the name of an Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office deputy who fatally shot a man last week following a traffic stop.
The deputy, Holden LaFleur, has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of a State Police investigation.
LaFleur shot 27-year-old Dejuan Guillory on July 6 during a traffic stop in a rural area south of Mamou, near Retton School Road and Chad Lane.
Guillory and his girlfriend, Dequince Brown, 21, had been riding a 4-wheeler after 4 a.m. when the deputy pulled them over and asked for their identifications, according to State Police.
The deputy told investigators that Guillory struck him in the head and that he "saw stars" before coming to and then ordering the man to the ground at gunpoint, according to a State Police report. A defense attorney for Brown has portrayed LaFleur as the aggressor, saying the deputy became irate that neither Guillory nor Brown had an identification.
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The State Police report says Brown attacked LaFleur and began biting the deputy as he attempted to handcuff Guillory. The deputy then shot Guillory, but authorities have not said how many times or where on his body.
Brown was booked with one count of attempted murder of a police officer. She was released from jail Tuesday on $75,000 bail, District Attorney Trent Brignac said. She is scheduled to return to court Sept. 7.
A State Police spokesman said this week that investigators are reviewing LaFleur's in-car camera system to determine whether it captured any footage of Guillory's shooting death.
Guillory's death prompted a flurry of criticism on social media and claims that he was the victim of racial discrimination. LaFleur is white and Guillory was black.
It's unclear how long LaFleur has worked as a deputy. The Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office has not returned calls this week seeking details of his employment history.