Police: Deputy fatally shot man who was threatening his 70-year-old mother

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Posted on April 15, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 16 at 5:43 AM

Deputy shoots, kills man in Hammond

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Tania Dall / Eyewitness News
Email: tdall@wwltv.com | Twitter: @taniadall

HAMMOND, La. - State Police are looking into a deadly deputy-involved shooting in Tangipahoa Parish. Investigators say it all started when deputies responded to a domestic violence call on Tuesday afternoon.

"It's heartbreaking, something I wouldn't expect," said Sharon Jacob.

Yellow tape, detectives and a crime lab are what greeted Sharon Jacob when she pulled into her driveway from work. The Hammond resident got a call saying something was terribly wrong on her block.

"I didn't know what had happened. I left work to come home to check and this is what I came home to," said Jacob.

Across the street, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a domestic violence call at a home in the 42000 block of Deborah Drive. A State Police official says a 70-year-old woman reached out for help just before 1 p.m., after she was threatened by her son, 48-year-old Michael Nichols.

"Upon arrival, they were approached by an armed suspect with a fillet knife who was over the victim. They were forced to shoot the suspect who later succumbed to his injuries," said Trooper Greg Marchand.

According to neighbors, the 48-year-old who died at the scene lived at the house with his parents. 

For now, State Police aren't releasing the names of the two deputies who responded to the 911 call. The Sheriff's Office requested Louisiana State Police take over the case. "Once we complete our investigation and all the facts are filed in our report, we'll turn over that report to the Tangipahoa Parish District Attorney's Office," said Trooper Marchand.

As for this normally quiet Happywoods Subdivision community, disbelief and unanswered questions as to why a son allegedly turned a knife on his elderly mom.

"Really, really, nice people. They're like family. They welcomed me into the neighborhood and they're just really good people. So this is a shock," added Jacob.

The 70-year-old woman was taken to the hospital with "moderate injuries" according to police.

A spokesperson for the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office tells Eyewitness News, Sheriff Daniel Edwards won't be commenting on the deputy-involved shooting until LSP wraps up its investigation.

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