Wednesday, September 24, 2014

ALERT -- Police Officer Shoots 14-year-old Boy to Death - Louisiana

14-year-old boy shot, killed by Terrebonne deputy.
State Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a juvenile by a Terrebonne Parish deputy.
Cameron Tillman, 14, was shot on Tuesday evening, according to state troopers. Tillman was a student at Ellender High School.

The shooting happened just after 5:40 p.m. on Bakers Street at Kirkglen Loop.

Officers say that two deputies responded to reports of a burglary at an abandoned home. Responding officers reported that five male subjects had entered the residence armed with handguns.

While attempting to make contact with the suspects inside, the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office states that a patrolman shot an armed suspect. The suspect has been identified as Cameron Tillman. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Three of the juveniles were arrested; one escaped. No one else was injured during this incident.

The name of the deputy involved is being withheld at this time. Officers say that the deputy involved is an African-American, 7-year member of the patrol division, a field training officer and a member of the TPSO SWAT team.

Neighbors who gathered at the scene said there was ongoing tension between police and some residents.

"As a citizen, I am outraged," said neighbor Felisha Williams "I believe that they could have apprehended the child without killing the child. That is my belief. I think that they have been through extensive training that they can go and get him without killing."

Blaise Pellegrin, Ellender High School's principal, states that extra grief counselors will be on hand at the school Wednesday morning.

Police said the investigation was just getting underway, and more details would be released later.

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