Suspect involved in deadly Abbeville shooting faced felony gun charges and was a fugitive of justice

Vermilion Parish

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.

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