Cops: Cutoff resident killed man who wouldn't say why he was there
Dave Cohen Reporting
Cops report a Lafourche Parish man killed another man because he was in his neighborhood and wouldn't tell him why he was there. Police say it does not qualify as self defense.
"Patrol deputies and detectives responded to ABC Lane at around 4:45 a.m. on Wednesday, May 22 after receiving a call about the shooting," Deputy Brennan Matherne said in a news release.
When they arrived, they found 41-year-old Shawn Paul Galjour of Larose dead. They say 30-year-old Robert Paul Chouest (above) shot and killed him.
"Thorough investigation, detectives learned Galjour had been walking along ABC Lane early Wednesday morning. According to Chouest, he noticed Galjour lying in a neighbor's driveway and attempted to make verbal contact with him. According to Chouest, when Galjour did not respond, he fired one round from a scoped rifle striking Galjour in the head," Matherne detailed.
Why did he do it?
"Chouest told detectives that he shot him because he did not know Galjour's intentions, but also admitted he felt Galjour posed no threat to him. Additionally, Chouest admitted to smoking crack cocaine prior to the incident."
Chouest was arrested and charged with second degree murder. The Sheriff says that's because he was not acting in self defense.
"Louisiana law clearly defines when a homicide can be considered justifiable, and the circumstances of this shooting do not make it justifiable," said Sheriff Webre said in the release. "It is unknown at this time why Galjour was in that neighborhood, but through Chouest's own admission, Galjour was lying down and had not made any threatening movement or given any other indication that would have led a reasonable person to be in fear of his life thereby justifying the use of deadly force."