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>>

  • PHOTOS: Logging truck overturns in Vernon Parish

    PHOTOS: Logging truck overturns in Vernon Parish

    Monday, June 18 2018 1:10 PM EDT2018-06-18 17:10:32 GMT
    A logging truck has overturned on La. 111 in Vernon Parish.  The accident happened just south of La. 8, according to a post on the Vernon Parish Facebook page. (Source: Facebook)A logging truck has overturned on La. 111 in Vernon Parish. The accident happened just south of La. 8, according to a post on the Vernon Parish Facebook page. (Source: Facebook)
    A logging truck has overturned on La. 111 in Vernon Parish.  The accident happened just south of La. 8, according to a post on the Vernon Parish Facebook page. (Source: Facebook)A logging truck has overturned on La. 111 in Vernon Parish. The accident happened just south of La. 8, according to a post on the Vernon Parish Facebook page. (Source: Facebook)
    A logging truck has overturned on La. 111 in Vernon Parish. The accident happened just south of La. 8, according to a post on the Vernon Parish Facebook page. There are no injuries, according to the post. Vernon Parish Sheriff Dept Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    A logging truck has overturned on La. 111 in Vernon Parish. The accident happened just south of La. 8, according to a post on the Vernon Parish Facebook page. There are no injuries, according to the post. Vernon Parish Sheriff Dept Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Life with a traumatic brain injury: The Ty Griffen story

    Life with a traumatic brain injury: The Ty Griffen story

    Monday, June 18 2018 12:58 PM EDT2018-06-18 16:58:42 GMT

    From the outside, Ty Griffen looks like a normal 26-year-old. He graduated from McNeese State University and was a pitcher on the baseball team. But for the last year, Ty's life is a blur. Waters were high in a Cameron Marsh where Ty was boating a year ago. 

    More >>

    From the outside, Ty Griffen looks like a normal 26-year-old. He graduated from McNeese State University and was a pitcher on the baseball team. But for the last year, Ty's life is a blur. Waters were high in a Cameron Marsh where Ty was boating a year ago. 

    More >>
  • U.S. Coast Guard searching for man overboard in Cameron

    U.S. Coast Guard searching for man overboard in Cameron

    Monday, June 18 2018 12:47 PM EDT2018-06-18 16:47:31 GMT
    55-year-old man has fallen overboard near Cameron. (Source: USCG)55-year-old man has fallen overboard near Cameron. (Source: USCG)
    55-year-old man has fallen overboard near Cameron. (Source: USCG)55-year-old man has fallen overboard near Cameron. (Source: USCG)

    The United States Coast Guard is searching for a 55-year-old man who reportedly fell overboard approximately 100 miles south of Cameron Monday morning, according to the USCG 8th District Public Affairs Detachment in Texas.

    More >>

    The United States Coast Guard is searching for a 55-year-old man who reportedly fell overboard approximately 100 miles south of Cameron Monday morning, according to the USCG 8th District Public Affairs Detachment in Texas.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly