BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana prosecutors won’t bring against charges against a sheriff’s deputy who fatally shot a man in the back of the neck at a motel last summer.
Assistant Attorney General Grant Lloyd Willis wrote in a letter that an investigation concluded the shooting of 38-year-old Josef Richardson was justified, The Advocate reported Monday. That’s because deputies said Richardson reached for his waistband and turned toward deputies while one of them tried to handcuff him, the letter said.
West Baton Rouge Parish deputies conducting a narcotics operation were serving a “no knock” warrant during at a Port Allen motel when Richardson was killed last July. Richardson was shot in the neck, severing his spinal cord. Deputy Vance Matranga Jr., was placed on paid leave following the shooting. He returned to work in September, mainly performing administrative duties.
The slain man’s girlfriend, Jessica Clouatre, said Richardson was surrendering when he was shot. A federal wrongful death lawsuit filed by Richardson’s family last week argues that he was unarmed, wearing only underwear and wasn’t a threat.