Deputy shoots homeowner, following home invasion aftermath
This is a discussion on Deputy shoots homeowner, following home invasion aftermath within the In the News: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly forums, part of the The Back Porch category; 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 ...
October 17th, 2008 07:54 AM
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.
Last edited by ppkheat; October 17th, 2008 at 07:57 AM.
October 17th, 2008 08:31 AM
Yep. Bad deal for sure. If you're the innocent, and police are on the scene....show your empty hands. Let them arrest (handcuff) you temporarily while they sort out the facts. Homeowners do take a certain amount of risk defending themselves or property. They can also minimize the risks in this instance. I'm sure the deputy feels badly about the shooting, but the homeowner should have complied and not presented the risk to the officer. We don't know the full story, but this is how it seems at this time. It's too bad the homeowner got shot. Hope he survives.
October 17th, 2008 08:35 AM
When a responding LEO says "reach for the sky", I'm reaching! Aparently Mr. Joseph Fontenot didn't "reach".
With the information given I can't fault the responding deptuy for his actions....not that I can judge without knowing everything or having been there.
ppkheat is right, follow directions!
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October 17th, 2008 12:10 PM
OK, am I reading this right?
Michael Fontenot and James Fontenot were in a group breaking in to the home of Joseph Fontenot? Joseph shoots Michael, and an officer is forced to shoot Joseph.
Perhaps havint the name 'Fontenot' was unlucky that day, or is this possibly members of the same family with similar attitudes on life?
October 17th, 2008 12:16 PM
Fontenot is a very common name in Louisiana. According to whitepages.com, Fontenot is the 20th most common name in the state. Right after "Lewis" and before "Harris"..
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October 17th, 2008 12:18 PM
Ah, thank you. That was the other possibility I meant to ask about.
October 17th, 2008 12:46 PM
Even if related, whats to say they didn't target him because they knew he had things of value. Blood isn't always thicker than water. I have a feeling, if he survives his wounds, Mr. Fontenot will follow orders from the police very quickly the next time.
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October 17th, 2008 01:28 PM
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October 17th, 2008 06:22 PM
The fact that they had the last name is odd, and may be dismissible to being a common name. The fact that the suspects had tried to break into that same home recently points to there being a bit more to this story. I find it odd that not only do they have the same name, but that they tried this same home before. Burglars look for easy targets, they tried before and failed. Why try the same home twice unless there is something in there that they really want.
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October 17th, 2008 06:46 PM
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.
October 17th, 2008 07:06 PM
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October 17th, 2008 07:09 PM
Why are the other three not facing more serious charges than burglary? I thought there were similar incidents where when someone is killed during a crime, the others involved are charged with manslaughter.
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