State Police investigating deputy-involved shooting

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UPDATE:

The deceased subject involved in this incident has been identified as 30-year-old Aaron Sparkman of Greensburg.

ORIGINAL:

WATSON, La (NBC Local 33)(Fox 44) – Louisiana State Police are investigating a shooting involving an off-duty deputy.

Trooper Taylor Scrantz with the Louisiana State Police says the deputy is from the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office and LSP was contacted by LPSO to look into the case.

Scrantz says the incident happened shortly before 1:00 a.m. in Watson at the deputy’s house.

The deputy was confronted by an armed individual, then a fight occurred in which both the deputy and individual fired their guns. Both were hit.

The individual died from his injuries as declared by the Livingston Parish Coroner’s Office.

The deputy was sent to a local hospital for treatment.

Sheriff Ard says:

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the individuals involved in this incident and to their families. The incident involved an LPSO deputy who was off duty at the time. The incident happened in the front yard of the deputy’s home. Initial information suggests that the deputy acted in self-defense. In keeping with the protocol of this office the Louisiana State Police were called to the scene and are handling the investigation. The deputy was transported to a local hospital with a serious but non-life threatening gunshot wound. The suspect succumbed to his injuries at the scene.”

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