A person killed throughout an encounter Saturday (Nov. eleven) with St. Tammany Parish sheriff’s deputies was shot as soon as within the chest, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith stated.
Smith, throughout a information convention Tuesday on the Sheriff’s Workplace in Slidell, stated the three deputies fired 17 occasions at Eddy Longoria after Longoria exited a trailer in rural St. Tammany Parish and pointed a handgun on the deputies.
An post-mortem on Longoria, fifty five, was carried out by the St. Tammany Coroner’s Workplace on Monday. The outcomes had not been launched Tuesday afternoon, Smith stated.
Smith praised the actions of the deputies, whom he recognized as Christopher Graham, Eric Restel and Matthew Nelson. He stated he’s satisfied their actions saved the lifetime of a lady whom Longoria had held hostage contained in the residence.
“They did what they needed to do to save lots of this feminine’s life,” he stated.
The deputies are on short-term administrative depart pending the result of the investigation, the Sheriff’s Workplace stated.
Smith’s information convention expanded a bit on a information launch his workplace had put out Sunday.
Authorities stated they responded shortly earlier than 10 p.m. Saturday to a trailer within the 37200 block of Holifield Lane locally of Hickory, north of Pearl River. Smith stated deputies had acquired a name that “somebody might have been shot” on the residence and that a man was holding a lady hostage.
Smith stated Longoria, who had a previous relationship with the lady who lived on the handle, pressured his means contained in the residence and held her and her present boyfriend hostage. The boyfriend was capable of escape the residence earlier than deputies arrived. Smith stated Longoria shot on the boyfriend as he fled.
On the scene, Smith stated deputies heard a gunshot from contained in the trailer and that Longoria then exited the residence. He ignored instructions to drop the gun, as an alternative pointing it on the deputies, Smith stated.
The three deputies fired their weapons at Longoria. Smith stated Longoria didn’t hearth on the deputies, however went again contained in the residence. Deputies then heard one other gunshot from contained in the residence.
The deputies went contained in the trailer and located Longoria on the ground with a gunshot wound to the chest. Emergency medical personnel started engaged on Longoria, however he died on the scene, the Sheriff’s Workplace stated.
Smith stated investigators have obtained “video proof” from the home-owner, however didn’t describe what it exhibits. “I do know we do have some video that was collected,” he stated.
On Monday, Smith stated there was no physique digital camera or patrol unit video of incident.
Smith stated investigators have proof that Longoria deliberate to hurt the lady, however wouldn’t launch that proof.
Earlier within the information convention the sheriff stated Longoria had “nice intentions to kill not solely the feminine, however the male.”
He stated the lady’s present boyfriend “was lucky to get away.”
Smith additionally wouldn’t say what sort of gun Longoria had, solely that it was a handgun.
Responding to a reporter’s query, Smith…