A press conference held October 18th caused friction in the community after the East Feliciana Sheriffs Department stated that the shooting death of Whitfield was “accidental”.
Officials have also released the names of the officers involved in the incident. According to the Sheriffs Department, Officers Glenn Sims Jr. and Houston Frazee attempted to catch Whitfield as he fled the scene. Sims allegedly fired a warning shot into the ground while running. He then grabbed Whitfield as he was trying to re holster his service weapon. The gun discharged striking Whitfield in the lower back killing him.
Community activists are calling for a further investigation into the case.
We’ll provide more details on this story as they are made available.
Clutching onto old pictures Phylica Whitfield remembers the good times she and her brother shared.
“My brother was the most outgoing person anybody could ever meet,” she said. “If you [met] him [he] never met a stranger. He kept you laughing, he clowned a lot,” she said.
Whitfield says early Monday morning she received the call no one should ever get. She found out her brother, 31-year-old Christopher Whitfield, was shot and killed by an East Feliciana Sheriffs Deputy.
“My family is hurt right now,” she said. “[We are] all hurt. Everybody had a relationship with my brother.”
Whitfield says the shooting stems from a suspected burglary attempt near the intersection of highways 19 and 10. She says she isn’t sure if her brother was the one stealing or not, but says the incident shouldn’t have resulted in a sheriff deputy releasing gunfire.
“It’s nothing I can say,” she said. “Just knowing I wont come up in here and see my brother [any] more [is hard]. I won’t come up here and clown with him and joke with him or buy him something to drink. He wouldn’t hurt nobody and for [the deputy] to gun him down like that, that’s pain.
A spokesperson for the East Feliciana Parish Sheriffs office says the investigation is on going and the deputy that killed Whitfield has been placed on administrative leave.
Whitfield says though she is hurting she’s remaining strong for her family and is keeping the memories she and her brother shared close to her heart.
Whitfield says her family personally knows the deputy that killed her brother. Brproud asked the East Feliciana Sheriffs office to confirm that name, they denied to comment.