(WVLA-WGMB)– The East Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office released the name of the deputy who shot and killed a man on Monday.
East Feliciana Parish Sheriff Jeff Travis says Deputy Glenn Sims Senior fired the fatal shot.
Travis says Sims had a fired shot into the ground after confronting Christopher Whitfield before his weapon accidentally discharged again while the two struggled.
Officials say Whitfield stole a raw chicken from an Ethel convenience store which led to the deadly encounter.
Sheriff Travis took issue with the question of why the Louisiana State Police are not leading the investigation.
Travis says that his department is more than capable of handling the job.