EPSO Deputy shoots, kills suspect during altercation
The Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office vehicles blocked a road that led to the location of where a shooting involving an EPSO deputy occurred in the Mamou area Thursday morning. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)
By: ELIZABETH WEST
On July 6, 2017, at approximately 4:10 a.m., Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigation/Lafayette Field Office (LSP LFO) responded to a shooting involving an Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s deputy in the Mamou area.
According to a press release from state police, “the preliminary investigation revealed that an Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s deputy responded to an attempted burglary in Mamou, in the area of Chad Lane.”
State police went on to say that “upon the deputy’s arrival, he made contact with Dejuan Guillory.”
After contact was made, “an altercation between Guillory and the deputy occurred.”
According to state police, “during the altercation, Guillory was shot.”
The 27-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.
The deputy involved in the incident also sustained injuries during the altercation and was transported to a local hospital, where he remains in stable condition.
Dequince E. Brown has been arrested in connection with this crime.
The 21-year-old from Mamou has been charged with attempted murder of a police officer, and Jacob Fusilier was appointed as her public defender.
During a hearing Thursday afternoon, Judge Gary Ortego ordered that Brown be held without bond until her bond hearing, which was set for July 17, 2017.
At this time, this investigation is still active and ongoing.
This was not the first time that Guillory was involved in an altercation with police.
In August of 2015, Guillory was arrested for an ATM theft at Citizens Bank in Mamou, and for shooting at a Mamou policeman who was in search of the suspect.
The Mamou man was initially charged in this incident with attempted murder, theft, three counts of simple criminal damage to property and aggravated criminal damage to property.
Those charges were amended by the state to one count of criminal damage to property valued at $50,000 or more. The remaining charges were dropped.
In December of 2016, Guillory entered a best interest plea, which is a plea where the defendant maintains his innocence but concedes because they feel they would likely be convicted if the case goes to trial.
For his plea in the ATM theft incident, Guillory received 10 years at hard labor with five years suspended, five years of active supervised probation, and given credit for time served.