Tangipahoa Sheriff: Deputy's fatal shooting of unarmed teen accidental

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Posted on August 17, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Updated Friday, Aug 17 at 6:30 PM

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TANGIPAHOA PARISH, La. - A deputy's fatal shot of an unarmed teen at a nightclub early Saturday morning was accidental, according to Tangipahoa Sheriff Daniel Edwards.

The shot happened while Deputy William Phebus, 36, was trying to restrain another subject. Phebus had his weapon drawn because Cjavar Galmon, 18, approached quickly.

"He managed to take his weapon and draw his weapon, to be able to defend himself," said Edwards. "At the time the deputy draws his weapon with his right hand, he's right handed,  with his left hand still on the subject, one round is discharged accidently."

On Friday morning, Edwards said Galmon did nothing wrong and was unarmed. He gave his condolences to the Galmon family.

Edwards said he wants the case to go before a grand jury.

Phebus has been on the force for three years.

The incident occurred around  2 a.m. at Club 81 on Highway 51 in Tangipahoa.

The deputy was on duty at the time and responded to a report of a fight at the club, according to Louisiana State Trooper Nick Manale.

 

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