Slain Lafayette Officer Identified, One in Custody

Corporal Michael Middlebrook (Photo Credit: Louisiana State Police)

Lafayette, LA (KLFY) —  UPDATE: A suspect is in custody at the Lafayette Parish Jail on one count of first degree murder and three counts of attempted murder. According to Master Trooper Brooks David, Ian Paul Howard, 28, of Lafayette, was arrested  earlier today.

Ian Paul Howard.
(Photo Credit: Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office)

Howard was booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on the following charges:

  • 1 count 1st Degree Murder of a Police Officer
  • 1 count of Attempted Murder of a Police Officer
  • 2 counts of Attempted Murder.

David says the case remains an active investigation.

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ORIGINAL STORY: Corporal Michael Paul Middlebrook, a nine-year veteran of the Lafayette Police Department, was killed in the line of duty, according to the Lafayette Police Department. Corporal Middlebrook was married and the father of a 3-year-old daughter and step-daughters.

A Thibodeaux native, Middlebrook spent “the entirety of his career in the patrol section helping and truly serving the community, as was his passion”, said LPD spokesman Karl Ratcliff.

“The Lafayette Police Department is devastated by this sudden loss. We ask that you keep Corporal Middlebrook’s family and the Lafayette Police Department in your thoughts and prayers.”

Accounts have been established in Corporal Middlebrook’s name for provide financial relief to his family.

Donation can be made to City of Lafayette Police Department Fallen Heroes Fund through the Community Foundation of Acadiana via the following link–www.cfacadiana.org/LafayettePDFund

 

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