Charenton Man Shoots and Kills One Person, One Officer and Leaves Two Deputies in Critical Condition
Shortly before 10:30 a.m., Deputies with St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office and an Officer with the Chitimacha Police Department responded to a report of a man armed with a shotgun walking in the 10000 block of Flat Town Road in Charenton. When the Officer arrived on the scene he encountered 48-year-old Wilbert Thibodeaux of Charenton. Thibodeaux fired at the Chitimacha Officer, fatally wounding him. As two St. Mary Deputies, who were in the same car, arrived at the scene Thibodeaux fired multiple shots hitting the deputies. During the encounter, Thibodeaux was shot. Other responding Deputies took Thibodeaux into custody without further incident.
A mobile home fire, believed to be set by Thibodeaux prior to officer’s arrival, was extinguished by firefighters. Once extinguished, Detectives and State Fire Marshal Investigators discovered the body of 78-year-old Eddie Lyons of Charenton in the home. Detectives suspect Lyons was shot by Thibodeaux before the fire.
Thibodeaux was treated and released from the hospital. He is currently in State Police custody. His charges are pending.
The two deputies are in critical but stable condition. One is at a hospital in New Orleans and the other is at a hospital in Lafayette.
The shooting remains under investigation by State Police. The fire remains under investigation by the State Fire Marshals Office.
“Today is a difficult day for our partners in St. Mary Parish,” said Colonel Mike Edmonson, State Police Superintendent. “My thoughts and prayers are with the deputies and the officer’s families tonight. I know the coming days and weeks will be difficult ones for the men and women of the Chitimacha Police Department and the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office. We will assist their agencies in anyway we can during these trying times.”
On Monday, St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Chitimacha Police Department and State Police will hold a press conference to release the names of the officers involved and speak about their service to their community. The time of that press conference will be released when details are available.