A former Port Barre police officer is currently under investigation by the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office after allegedly attacking a man while off-duty and outside of his jurisdiction, according to Port Barre Police Chief Deon Boudreaux.
The incident happened around 11:00 Tuesday night when Officer Doug Courville, Jr. pulled over Matthew Credeur on Harry Guilbeau Road near LA 182.
Credeur claims Courville’s son almost ran him off the side of the road, so he followed the vehicle to get its license plate number. Courville’s son claims Credeur was harassing him by following him and making obscene gestures.
Credeur says Officer Courville came to his son’s aid by pulling Credeur over. That’s when Credeur claims the police officer punched and pepper sprayed him.
Investigators confirmed that Officer Courville’s son was in the vehicle that Credeur followed. But authorities are still working to determine if Credeur’s claims are valid.
Chief Deon Boudreaux launched an internal investigation and placed Courville on administrative leave. The chief tells KLFY that Courville resigned from the Port Barre Police Department last night.
Courville is also a reserve marshal for the City of Opelousas. Marshal Paul Mouton says Courville has been suspended until after the sheriff’s office has finished their investigation.