Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft will be delivering an update on the September officer-involved shooting of Tevin Lewis tonight during the regular meeting of the Lafayette City-Parish Council, chairman Kenneth Boudreaux said last week.
Community members called for the release of video footage allegedly capturing the shooting after it happened. The video was sent to the FBI in Quantico, Virginia, to be examined. According to police, early release of the video to the public was stopped by the district attorney’s office.
“If you look at how this situation was handled compared to others, a month or a month and a half isn’t too long of a wait for information,” Boudreaux said.
Lafayette Police arrived at a house on Sonny Street to serve an OWI warrant for Robert Stewart. When police arrived, police saw a group of people standing a couple blocks away from the targeted home.
Lewis, one of the people in the group, bolted upon seeing them. Officers chased him behind several houses to Soullier Street, and after clearing a fence, one opened fire on Lewis, shooting him once in the back.
In 2009, Lewis was arrested for simple burglary, a felony offense, in which he pleaded guilty. He is currently in custody in a local hospital for carrying a concealed weapon, resisting an officer and felony possession of a firearm.
Police were able to arrest Stewart on the outstanding warrant.