An Abita Springs area man was shot Friday night by a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's deputy, according to the Sheriff's Office. Police say the man, a Purple Heart recipient and Iraq war vet, pointed his gun at a deputy.
It happened about 11 p.m. as deputies responded to a domestic violence call at the residence of Jason Glover.
The Sheriff's office says it had received a 911 call from Glover's girlfriend who reported that he had threatened to kill her and was armed with a handgun.
Deputies say they arrived to find Glover sitting in his vehicle outside the residence. And, as he exited the vehicle, the deputies could see that he was armed with a handgun.
According to a release from the STPO, "The deputies' repeated calls for him to drop the weapon were ignored. Glover instead raised the gun and pointed it directly at one of the deputies. When he did so, the deputy fired at Glover, striking him twice."
Glover was transported to LSU Interim Public Hospital in New Orleans where he was reported to be on life support early Saturday morning.
The sheriff's office was later notified that Glover passed away at the hospital.
Additionally, it was learned that Glover may have served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and was one of the first servicemen from St. Tammany to return with significant injuries.
"This is truly a tragic situation," said Sheriff Strain. "This young man has struggled greatly to adjust and to recover from his experience. Sadly, he and his family were ultimately unable to find the help he truly needed. Today, the thoughts and prayers of the Sheriff's office go out to his family during their very difficult time," Strain said.
As with all deputy-involved shootings, the STPO says criminal and internal investigations will be conducted. And, the deputy involved will be given the opportunity to receive counseling and receive time off, if needed.