No charges against deputy involved in deadly shooting; family of dead man 'angry'

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Posted on January 18, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 18 at 8:41 PM

Ashley Rodrigue / Eyewitness News
Email: arodrigue@wwltv.com | Twitter: @ashleyrwwl

AMITE- A Tangipahoa Parish grand jury has declined to file criminal charges against a sheriff’s deputy involved in a fatal shooting of an 18-year-old man in August. It’s an update Northshore Bureau Chief Ashley Rodrigue broke Friday afternoon on Twitter.

In August, 18-year-old Cjavar Galmon was shot and killed outside of a night club in the Village of Tangipahoa. Sheriff Daniel Edwards has said Deputy William Phebus was one of several law enforcement officers on the scene trying to arrest a man for illegally carrying a weapon. Edwards said Phebus accidentally shot Galmon once when he approached the deputy in a quick manner. The case was decided by a grand jury Friday.

The District Attorney’s Office says at least 10 witnesses testified before the grand jury, including eyewitnesses to the incident, law enforcement officials and State Police, who investigated the matter.

Galmon’s family tells Eyewitness News, “Angry is beyond an understatement.”

Phebus has been on paid administrative leave since the incident. The Sheriff’s Office did not immediately respond to a request for Phebus’ status following the grand jury decision.

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