ABBEVILLE, La., (KLFY) – Court documents have revealed the suspect who shot a Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Deputy was a fugitive of justice and was facing felony firearm charges.
Louisiana State Police have confirmed the suspect has been identified as Dwight Brown, 41.
According to Louisiana State Police, a deputy was attempting to serve an order of protective custody to Brown with the assistance of the Abbeville Police Department.
Brown was shot by deputies after firing a gun at the deputy and officers. Brown died from his injuries.
One Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was shot by Brown. The deputy was taken to a local hospital and then transferred to a trauma center in Lafayette.
Documents show Brown was expected to be in court for an arraignment on Jan. 7, 2021. Brown did not attend this court date and a fugitive warrant was placed for his arrest.
Brown was facing charges, which included illegal possession of a stolen firearm, illegal use of dangerous instrumentalities, and illegal carrying of weapons. He was arrested in May of 2020 for these charges.
The documents allege Brown illegally and knowingly possessed a firearm which had previously been used in a robbery or theft.
Documents then state Brown unlawfully and intentionally in a criminally negligent manner discharged a firearm where it was foreseeable that human life may have been endangered.
There was also a bench warrant placed in 2017 after Brown failed to appear in court for several traffic violations.