Suspect charged in Charenton shootings - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Suspect charged in Charenton shootings

Source: KLFY-TV Source: KLFY-TV
Mugshot of Wilbert Thibodeaux of Charenton Mugshot of Wilbert Thibodeaux of Charenton
CHARENTON, LA (WAFB) -

A Chitimacha Tribe police officer is dead and two St. Mary Parish Sheriff's deputies are in serious condition after a shooting in the town of Charenton.  Charenton is southeast of New Iberia, about halfway to Morgan City.

The suspected shooter, 48-year-old Wilbert Thibodeaux, has been arrested and booked with arson and two counts each of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.

Louisiana State Police spokesman Tpr. Stephen Hammons said the officers responded to neighbors' calls saying a man was walking the streets with a weapon. Hammons said when the officers arrived on the scene the armed suspect began firing at them.

State Fire Marshals also discovered a mobile home on fire that authorities believe was started by Thibodeaux.  Once the fire was extinguished, they found the body of a civilian, 78-year-old Eddie Lyons. State Police believe Lyons was shot before the fire.

Hammons said the suspect has a gunshot wound around his torso. They are not sure if the wound was self-inflicted or from deputies.

The Chitimacha officer was pronounced dead at the scene. The two injured deputies were taken to hospitals in New Orleans and Lafayette. It is reported that their conditions were downgraded from critical on Sunday afternoon.

A press conference will be held Monday and the deputies' names will be released.

 

Copyright 2013 WAFB. All rights reserved.

 

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • First ever orchid show brightens up local church

    First ever orchid show brightens up local church

    Sunday, April 23 2017 9:11 PM EDT2017-04-24 01:11:59 GMT
    A gym full of Orchids brightened up the Church of the Good Shepard today.  The Calcasieu Orchid Society held it's first ever show, free to the public.  There were displays, as well as orchids and artwork to buy, even a competition for cut arrangements and just general beauty. Judges from all over the country came to judge the competition and organizers say it was a huge success.  Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.  More >>
    A gym full of Orchids brightened up the Church of the Good Shepard today.  The Calcasieu Orchid Society held it's first ever show, free to the public.  There were displays, as well as orchids and artwork to buy, even a competition for cut arrangements and just general beauty. Judges from all over the country came to judge the competition and organizers say it was a huge success.  Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.  More >>
  • Lake Charles Fashion Week takes over Isle of Capri

    Lake Charles Fashion Week takes over Isle of Capri

    Sunday, April 23 2017 9:08 PM EDT2017-04-24 01:08:57 GMT
    High fashion designers strutted their way into Lake Charles this weekend. When you think of fashion week--the runways of New York, Paris and LA, usually come to mind...  But there is a new destination on the map according to fashion week Lake Charles founder, Julie Branden. "No one knew we have designers in Lake Charles. We have designers in Lake Charles, we have fashion in Lake Charles, so we're trying to get everybody to come on board," said Branden. "I didn'...More >>
    High fashion designers strutted their way into Lake Charles this weekend. When you think of fashion week--the runways of New York, Paris and LA, usually come to mind...  But there is a new destination on the map according to fashion week Lake Charles founder, Julie Branden. "No one knew we have designers in Lake Charles. We have designers in Lake Charles, we have fashion in Lake Charles, so we're trying to get everybody to come on board," said Branden. "I didn'...More >>
  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Cool temperatures tonight with summer heat returning later this week

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Cool temperatures tonight with summer heat returning later this week

    Sunday, April 23 2017 5:10 PM EDT2017-04-23 21:10:06 GMT
    Warm, sunny day on Monday!Warm, sunny day on Monday!

    Tonight, we will see clouds dissipate and we will have mostly clear skies by late tonight. We will have no rain around us all night, but we will have cool temperatures. Lows will be in the lower 50s in many areas. A few people could be in the upper 40s overnight! Enjoy the cooler weather before the heat comes back! For our Monday and Tuesday, we will barely have any clouds around us! We will have beautiful weather! Temperatures will reach back to normal with highs in the lower 80s.

    More >>

    Tonight, we will see clouds dissipate and we will have mostly clear skies by late tonight. We will have no rain around us all night, but we will have cool temperatures. Lows will be in the lower 50s in many areas. A few people could be in the upper 40s overnight! Enjoy the cooler weather before the heat comes back! For our Monday and Tuesday, we will barely have any clouds around us! We will have beautiful weather! Temperatures will reach back to normal with highs in the lower 80s.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly