The two deputies who fatally shot Darien Greenwood on Tuesday after Greenwood allegedly attacked them with a knife and stabbed a police dog have not returned to regular duties, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain said Friday.
An investigation into the incident is ongoing, and Sgt. Robert Edwards and Deputy Ronald Olivier will remain on administrative duty while that continues, Strain said.
Edwards is a 13-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, and Olivier has eight years with the office, spokesman Capt. George Bonnett said.
Neither has any disciplinary citations in his personnel file, he said.
Olivier is the handler for Thor, the police dog wounded in the fracas with Greenwood.
In a rally-like ceremony Friday afternoon, complete with Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” blaring from the speakers, Thor, wearing a blue bandage around the neck and shoulder, was welcomed home from the veterinary clinic after being treated.
Strain hailed Thor as a hero, and Parish President Pat Brister got into the act, proclaiming Friday as “Deputy Thor Day.”
Greenwood was shot seven times by the deputies, who also used stun guns on him. He also had dog bites on his right side, arm and leg.
The shooting — the second fatal shooting since Sept. 19 for the Sheriff’s Office — capped a four-hour search that began about midday Tuesday when a homeowner reported returning home and finding two men leaving her house with some of her possessions.
The homeowner was able to give deputies a description of the burglars’ car, which was spotted a few minutes later on La. 59 just north of Interstate 12. When deputies tried to pull it over, the two men inside fled on foot.
One — Dean Perkins, 22 — was captured within minutes. The second — Greenwood, 30 — fled into a wooded area, prompting an intensive search that included Thor, an 80-pound Belgian Malinois.
After the dog located Greenwood under a pile of debris, Strain said, Greenwood threatened the deputies with the knife, and Thor attacked him, biting the man along his right side, arm and leg.
Greenwood stabbed Thor in the neck and shoulder area, and the deputies opened fire, Strain said.
Neither deputy required medical attention.
Last month, eight St. Tammany Parish deputies, along with a state trooper and a Slidell police officer, shot and killed Lucien Rolland after a 45-minute chase that spanned eastern St. Tammany and Orleans parishes. During the chase, Rolland fired at officers several times from the driver’s seat of his white pickup truck, Strain said.
Those deputies have been cleared by an internal investigation and returned to regular duty.
As with the September shooting, the results of this investigation will be shared with the district attorney and offered to the FBI, Bonnett said.
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