FACTS AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY
On April 22, 2009, Deputy Eric Reed of the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Department received a call from the Eunice Police Department (EPD) that officers were in pursuit of a suspect in a stabbing incident at a local bar. The suspect was heading north on Martin Luther King (M.L.K.) in Eunice. Deputy Reed drove towards M.L.K. on Highway 190 and saw blue lights flashing ahead of him as he approached a railroad intersection. Two EPD units had blocked in a vehicle. Deputy Reed pulled up and saw Officer Brian Rozas and Officer Peggy Sylvester of the EPD patting down a young male.
After exiting his vehicle, Deputy Reed was asked by Officer Kennedy, who had driven one of the two EPD units, if he would stay and help secure the scene with Officers Rozas and Sylvester, while he returned to Club Diamond where the stabbing occurred. Shortly after Deputy Reed arrived, a vehicle driven by Plaintiff, Jurnell Smith approached the scene. Plaintiff was driving home after having dinner in Ville Platte. The version of events told by Plaintiff and the officers as to what occurred next is at odds.
Judge(s): Sylvia R. Cooks
Jurisdiction: Louisiana Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
Related Categories: Damages
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|Appellant Lawyer(s)||Appellant Law Firm(s)|
|Appellee Lawyer(s)||Appellee Law Firm(s)|
|Ray Lucas, III||Borne & Wilkes LLC|
|Joy Rabalais||Borne & Wilkes LLC|
|Tonya Smith||Borne & Wilkes LLC|
|John Wilkes, III||Borne & Wilkes LLC|