A Livingston Parish sheriff's deputy shot and killed a man early Friday after responding to a domestic disturbance call in the Watson area, according to Louisiana State Police.
Deputies encountered an armed man at a home in 9900 block of Asheville Drive about 1 a.m. and fatally shot him, said State Police spokesman Trooper First Class Bryan Lee. He identified the dead man as 43-year-old Jackey Sampson.
Other than noting that Sampson was armed, authorities would not provide any details about what led to the shooting.
Lee said shots were fired, but declined to say whether Sampson, of Denham Springs, was among those who fired a weapon. He also declined to answer how many shots were fired, citing the ongoing investigation. He said Sampson died at the scene.
The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office called in State Police to investigate the shooting.
Sheriff's spokeswoman Lori Steele said their office would not make any comments about other agencies' ongoing investigations. However, she did say the deputy who fired the deadly shot has been temporarily reassigned pending completion of the State Police investigation. She declined to name the deputy, citing the sheriff's policy to not name the deputy until wrongdoing is determined.
The home is in the Richmond Place subdivision, a relatively quiet neighborhood with mainly brick single-family homes. It is about seven miles north of Denham Springs and a mile east of Live Oak High School. According to court filings, Sampson bought the property for the home where he was killed with his wife in 2003.
Most homes Friday morning, including Sampson's, still had their garbage cans out at the curb. And without a heavy police presence out front, nothing really stood out about his house, besides a white Jeep covered in mud: the bushes and lawn were well manicured, the front walkway was framed by an LSU flag and one with a cross filled with hopeful messages and a basketball hoop was in the driveway.
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Several neighbors who live close to Sampson's home said they did not hear any gunshots early Friday morning. Many said they slept through the entire incident, though some were jarred awake by the commotion of multiple emergency vehicles on scene.
Neighbor Eddy Incardona said he came outside about 2 a.m. Friday morning to check on his truck, something he routinely does, only to find multiple police and emergency medical services vehicles, and the road blocked off. He said police tape continued to block off part of the street until about 8 a.m.
He said he was rattled when he found out later that morning what had happened.
"I'm just concerned because it was so close," said Incardona, 44. "It's normally pretty quiet around here. ... It makes you want to know what's happening behind closed doors."
Next-door neighbor Montana Posey didn't know about the incident at all until a reporter with The Advocate informed him hours later.
"I'm pretty surprised," Posey, 24, said. "You hear about it a lot but you never think it will happen so close. ... It's pretty scary."
Posey said he and his girlfriend had moved into the home just two months ago, and said their next-door neighbors had been a big help, notifying them of packages, even closing their garage door when they forgot.
"They're nice people," he said of Sampson and his family. "We've met them a couple times, they came over and helped us out."
Posey said they had never heard any arguments or noticed any issues. He said the couple and their children lived in the house where the shooting happened, though he was unsure how many children.
But little else was immediately known about Sampson. Four men who left his home Friday around 9:30 a.m. declined to comment.
Sampson had been an employee at Bayou Coating LLC, now Stupp Coating LLC, for about 17 years, said Lauren Jones the company controller.
"He was an excellent employee," Jones said. "We have nothing but good things to say about him."
Jones said Sampson had worked as an operator in their facility, and though she didn't work directly with him, former coworkers told her that Sampson had been talented at his job. She said he was promoted to a foreman later in his career.
Neighbor Ralph Bowden said he didn't know Sampson, but had seen him out in his yard.
"It's a crying shame that something like this has to happen," said neighbor Ralph Bowden, 81. "It seems like it's needless."