Two Jeanerette Officers charged in connection with parking lot fight

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JEANERETTE, La. (KLFY)— A Deputy City Marshal and City Police officer have both been charged in connection with a fight at the Jeanerette Police Department last month.

According to a news release, the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office has completed the investigation of a fight between an off-duty Jeanerette Deputy City Marshal and an on-duty Jeanerette Police Officer.

The fight occurred on Sept. 29, shortly after 10 p.m. in the parking lot at the Jeanerette Police Department.

Authorities said to maintain the working relationship between the two agencies, Jeanerette Police chief Jeff Matthews and Jeanerette City Marshal Fernest Martin requested the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office to handle the case.

A spokesperson with the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office said the fight was believed to be caused by a personal conflict between the two officers.

Iberia Parish Deputies said the investigation was completed and turned over on Oct. 5 to the District Attorney’s Office for review.

The District Attorney’s said they found evidence to issue warrants for Deputy Jeanerette City Marshal Durell Thomas, 39, for one count of simple battery and Jeanerette Police Officer Emanuel Butts, 25, for three counts aggravated battery, aggravated assault, and attempted disarming a peace officer.

Both officers turned themselves into the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Investigations on Oct. 12, according to authorities.

A news release stated Thomas was released on a misdemeanor summons, and Butts was booked into the Iberia Parish Jail where he posted a $5,000 bond.

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