Prosecutors will not file charges against deputy in Coty Champagne killing

Source: KATC

Prosecutor’s will not file any charges against the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Deputy who shot and killed Coty Champagne on July 12, saying the shooting was “justified under the particular circumstances and facts” of the case.

Champagne, of St. Martinville, was shot after the Sheriff’s Office has said he pulled a gun on a deputy at a New Iberia home.

Rob Vines, an assistant district attorney with the 16th Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Iberia Parish, said prosecutors concur with the findings submitted by State Police from its investigation into the shooting.

“The deputy’s actions did not offend any criminal statute of this state and comports with the policies of the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office,” Vines wrote in a news release.

The deputy, who has not been identified, responded to a call in the 400 block of South Evangeline Street shortly after 8 p.m. July 12, Sheriff Louis Ackal has said. The homeowner told deputies her stepson, later identified as Champagne, was causing a disturbance, Iberia Sheriff Louis Ackal has said.

Champagne walked out of the home with a semi-automatic handgun in his hand as the deputy pulled up to the address, Ackal has said. When the deputy asked Champagne to drop the gun, the 34-year-old raised the weapon at the officer and the officer fired two shots, Ackal has said.

“The deputy was acting in capacity of his duties and we agree with the outcome,” Maj. Ryan Turner said with the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office said Friday.

The deputy was not placed on administrative leave following the shooting, Turner said.

Vines said according to Article 20 in the Louisiana Code of Criminal Procedure, a homicide is justifiable if it is committed in self-defense by someone who believes their life is in danger or if the homicide is committed with the purpose of preventing a violent felony that may cause death or great bodily harm and killing the person is the only way to prevent the violent felony from occurring.