HOUMA, La. (KLFY)— A homeless 59-year-old man was shot dead after refusing orders from a deputy, authorities said.
According to a news release, a Terrebonne Parish deputy responded to a suspicious person in the Coteau Truck Plaza Parking lot. The man was in a green colored Dodge Durango.
The man later identified as 59-year-old Wilton Henry of Houma, was allegedly sleeping on the back seat of the Durango when the responding deputy made contact.
Authorities said Henry sat up when the deputy asked for identification but instead he allegedly picked up a handgun from the floorboard of the vehicle.
Officials said the Henry was ordered several times to put down the gun, but he instead pulled the trigger and shot himself in the upper part of his chest.
After he shot himself authorities said the deputy then again ordered Henry to put down the gun, but Henry allegedly refused the orders and pointed the gun at the deputy.
The deputy then shot the man, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Acadian Ambulance arrived on the scene and transported the man to a local hospital where he later died.
The Sheriff’s Office stated that two eye-witnesses were at the scene and the shooting was captured on the deputy’s body camera.
Louisiana Police and the TPSO are investigating the case.