In Louisiana, a sheriff’s deputy had stopped a man and his girlfriend who were driving an ATV. The couple had gone out to go frogging, which is a popular pastime of hunting frogs.
The deputy shot DeJuan Guillory after a struggle broke out between the men.
DeQuince Brown – the girlfriend – is being charged with first-degree murder of a police officer. Only two people alive know what happened predawn July 6 – the girlfriend and the deputy.
Each have wildly different accounts of what happened that night.
Evangeline Parish sheriff’s deputy Holden Lafleur told Louisiana State Police that the deceased, Guillory punched him and his girlfriend jumped onto his back and reached for his gun when he tried to arrest Guillory.
However, Guillory’s family attorney said that the deputy had instigated the physical confrontation. He claimed that LaFleur had first shot Guillory in his back as he was face down on the ground. He then went on to fire several more times.
This isn’t the first time that LaFleur has been accused of killing. In 2014, he was as a defendant of a civil lawsuit of the death of a man while he was working as a deputy in another department. This case is also shining a light on Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office as the Justice Department found in 2016 that they had unconstitutionally jailed people without cause.
The case has put Mamou a small town of 3,200 people on the map. The killing has sparked a debate in the town if it was all race related, as LaFleur is white and Guillory black. Locals say however that the town has always been racially harmonious and has a lot of mixed race families.
However, for Guillory’s mother, the incident and the loss of her son has made her distrust her brothers in blue.
“The law I once believed in is deteriorating,” Monica Fontenot wrote on a GoFund Me page for expenses for the funeral, which is scheduled for Saturday.