“The other night when I looked at the picture in my phone, I just started crying I couldn’t believe that’ll happen to him.” said Tanquetra Spears, older sister of Myron Flowers.
A grieving family is trying to make sense of what led to 28-year-old Myron Flowers’ death.
Friday, the father of two was a passenger in a SUV that was pulled over by an East Feliciana sheriff’s deputy. Investigators say the stop was for an equipment violation.
Three days later, the east Feliciana Sheriff’s Chief Criminal Deputy Greg Phares said, following the stop, flowers did not comply which ended with Flowers being killed.
“When the officer attempted to question mister flowers who was in the rear seat he noticed a gun in mister flowers pocket he attempted to secure that gun and mister flowers struggled with him and that’s how it started.” said Phares.
Phares identified deputy Cullen Wilson and Clinton police officer Richard Boudin as the officers involved in the shooting, saying the victim was armed at the time.
“Um mister flowers was armed with 2 handguns one of which was stolen but we do not know if he fired either of those handguns.” said Phares
Phares adds forensic evidence from the scene had not yet been processed. Flowers’ family says they find it hard to believe the accounts by police telling saying the victim knew the deputy that may have killed him.
“Why he did and what was going through his mind why he did it you know and it was an officer that people know, you know in the community.” said Spears.
The officer involved in the shooting is on administrative leave but the deputy’s status is unknown. We’re told an autopsy report could be out as early as Tuesday, after the corner’s office releases the body.