THIBODAUX, La. (BRPROUD) – A 15-year-old faces a negligent homicide charge after shooting a man in Thibodaux on Thursday night.
The victim, 20-year-old Courtney Poche Jr., died in the 500 block of Karla Drive, according to Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre.
An investigation by Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies and detectives found that both individuals were playing with a pistol, believing that the gun was not loaded when a single round shot Poche.
The teen is at the Juvenile Justice Facility.
“This is a horrible tragedy, and our hearts go out to Mr. Poche’s family,” said Sheriff Webre. “I encouraged all parents to review firearm safety for themselves and with their children. Remember to keep firearms secure, and it is best to store ammunition in a separate location. Above all else, always treat every firearm as it if is loaded.”