According to TFC Nick Manale of La. State Police, the shooting occurred shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday morning in the parking lot of Club 81 located on Hwy. 51 in the Village.
Initial reports indicate that there was a fight inside the club. As deputies, some working detail, were clearing the parking lot following the break up of the fight, they were informed of a patron that allegedly had a weapon. Deputies attempted to confront the man who then tried to flee the scene. The deputies chased the man along the highway, overtaking him and holding him to the ground. While holding the initial suspect to the ground, the deputies were approached by a second man. One of the deputies fired a single shot, striking the second man.
The shooting occurred along Jackson Street on the northern edge of the club's parking lot.
"To my knowledge, this incident had nothing to do with the earlier fight inside the club," states Club Owner Michael Jackson. Jackson states that following the fight, he did not allow anyone else to enter the club and instructed his security detail deputies to clear the parking lot. Jackson states that he was inside the establishment when he was informed of the shooting.
Dawn Panepinto of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office verified that the deputy who fired the shot was actually an on duty deputy who had responded to a report of a fight at the club. Details of exactly what led to the deputy firing his weapon have not yet been released.
The victim was identified as Cjavar Galmon, 18. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
At this time, Louisiana State Police is not releasing any further information regarding weapons, any other information about the victim or the names of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Deputies involved. State Police were on the scene for several hours, taking statements, measurements and photos of the scene including aerial photos from the LSP helicopter.
UPDATED INFORMATION FROM TFC NICK MANALE OF LOUISIANA STATE POLICE:
The investigation into the shooting remains ongoing. Troopers are actively interviewing witnesses, analyzing evidence, creating scale diagrams of the crime scene, and reviewing the findings of the coroner's examination. LSP certainly understands the sensitivity of this investigation, which is why we must ensure a thorough and complete investigation into every element of this case. In order to preserve the integrity of the investigation and future proceedings by the District Attorney's Office, we will not be able to release any additional details of the shooting incident. Upon completion of the LSP investigation, the final investigative report will be submitted to the Tangipahoa Parish District Attorney’s Office for further review.
Editor's Note: LSP reports that the LSP investigation is solely focused on the facts of the shooting incident and will not be responding to any inquiries regarding previous history at the club, prior criminal history of Galmon, or the names of the deputies.
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