Man killed by FBI agent identified, family wants answers


Posted on July 31, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 31 at 5:21 PM

Paul Murphy / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- The Orleans Parish Coroner's Office has now identified the man shot and killed by an FBI agent outside a New Orleans East Hotel. He is 37-year-old Allen Desdunes who died of a single gun shot.

The shooting happened yesterday afternoon at the Motel 6 near Bullard and the I-10 Service Road.

Desdunes family is now searching for answers. "I don't believe Louisiana is a shoot first, ask questions later state," said Desdune's sister-in-law Erniquia Desdunes.

According to the FBI, Allen Desdunes was shot by a task force member, conducting a surveillance operation as part of an ongoing investigation involving drug-related activity.

Court documents indicate he had prior arrests for drugs, distribution and guns. He was sentenced to serve more than eight years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

His family says he had gotten his life together since his earlier run-ins with the law.

"Now, all of a sudden now he's dead and gone," said his sister Rosalind. "Now you can't bring none of that back. None of that's never going to come back. My momma didn't raise us to be with all of that."

New Orleans criminal defense attorney Tim Meche who is not involved in this case says the law is very clear as to what justifies the use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer.

"You have to believe that it's necessary to defend your life or the life of someone else and it has to be reasonable," said Meche.

Meche says historically the FBI has done a good job clearing its own shooting cases.

"From 1993 to 2011 there were 150 deadly FBI shootings and the FBI investigated them internally and they exonerated every single one."

But, in this case, Desdune's family questions whether he had a gun or even made an aggressive move toward the FBI agent.

"At the end an unarmed man, not in the process of a crime, maybe he was around who knows what, but, an unarmed man in his vehicle was killed," said Erniquia Desdunes.

We asked the FBI to clarify some of the facts in yesterday's shooting. A spokeswoman says the bureau had nothing further to offer at this time.