Deputy shoots homeowner, following home invasion aftermath
Posted below are two news stories, both are reporting on the same event. I'm almost hesitant to post these articles, as usual they pose more questions than they answer. I do think they serve a purpose in reminding us to be sure and follow LEO's orders as they arrive on the scene. This almost makes me wonder whether the 69 year old homeowner can hear adequately. Be that as it may, hearing or not, he shouldn't be walking around armed as police arrive.
The homeowners last name is Fontenot, and two of the home invaders are named Fontenot..........hmmmmmm?????
Story #1 (note to reporter from ppkheat, deputy not deputies)
Home Owner Shot by Sheriff's Deputies
One Evangeline Parish man is dead and another in the hospital after an alleged home invasion attempt.
69 year old Joseph Fontenot allegedly shot and killed 21 year old Michael Fontenot after Michael and three other men allegedly attempted to break in Joseph's home on Debaillon Plantation Road. Joseph was shot after Deputies arrived and asked him to show his hands.
Joseph was shot once in the arm and stomach. The three men who were with Michael are James Kyle Fontenot, David Guillory and Gilbert Lafleur they were arrested for attempted aggravated burglary.
The homeowner Joseph Fontenot remains in critical condition. The State Police are investigating the shooting.
Story #2 Deputy Involved in Home Invasion Shooting
A deadly home invasion in Evangeline Parish leaves a suspect dead, a home-owner in critical condition, and a sheriff's deputy under investigation. State Police say it happened when four people tried to break into a home between Ville Platte and Opelousas - just before midnight Tuesday night.
"Three, four houses down - I would have done the same thing if they came here," says neighbor David Walters. In this rural part of Evangeline Parish, neighbors say they watch out for their belongings. And according to State Police, Joseph Fontenot wasn't afraid to defend his house. "He was by himself stayed there, didn't bother nobody - always quiet," says Walters.
"Apparently four suspects attempted to break into a home - the home-owner shot and unfortunately killed a suspect in the yard," says Trooper David Anderson. Twenty-one year-old Michael Fontenot was pronounced dead. Three other suspects, David Guillory, Gilbert Lefleur, and James Fontenot ran away. They were later captured.
As deputies pulled up to the home, the story took another twist. "Unfortunately the deputy who arrived at the scene and made contact with the home-owner then the home-owner picked up a weapon of some type - and the deputy fired a shot and critically injured the home-owner," says Trooper Anderson. That bullet traveled through Joseph Fontenot's arm, and ended up lodged in his stomach. He's now in critical condition at a nearby hospital. "We're not going to say mistaken identity - the deputy gave him several verbal commands to drop the weapon," says Anderson.
The home-owner will not be charged in the shooting, because he was guarding his home - according to State Police. But the three surviving suspects are all facing various burglary charges. The Evangeline Parish deputy involved is now on leave. We don't know why these four men tried to break into Fontenot's home, but investigators say they tried to break into the same home recently.
Added an excerpt from another news article
The men were not related.
Michael Fontenot was allegedly accompanied by David Guillory, Gilbert LeFleur and James Kyle Fontenot, who also is not related to the homeowner.
Anderson said that when an Evangeline deputy arrived, he found Joseph Fontenot inside.
When the deputy ordered the homeowner to show his hands, Fontenot picked up the shotgun and turned toward the deputy.
The unidentified deputy fired once, wounding Fontenot in the arm and abdomen. He is listed in critical condition.
“We don’t know why he didn’t put the gun down or what happened,” Anderson said. “I’m sure that more stuff will come out during the continuing investigation.”
State Police involvement in the investigation is routine when law officers are involved in shootings.
Keith Dupre with the Sheriff’s Office said investigators are also looking into a complaint about another home invasion in August.
Dupre said that at the time investigators had little information to go on other than Joseph Fontenot claimed someone had entered his home, pushed him down and took a shotgun from him.