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Man shot by Calcasieu sheriff’s deputies expected to live

Last Modified: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 10:16 PM

By Johnathan Manning / American Press

A south Lake Charles man shot by deputies Tuesday night is expected to live, authorities said.

Two Calcasieu Parish sheriff’s deputies responding to a disturbance between neighbors on Copperleaf Drive shot Carrol J. Comeaux, 67, in the leg and the abdomen when he approached them with a shotgun and a Q-Beam, sheriff’s spokeswoman Kim Myers said.

Comeaux, whose injuries were described as non-life-threatening, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer with a firearm and one count of aggravated assault.

Comeaux pointed a shotgun and yelled racial slurs and curse words at a neighbor working in the yard, Myers said.

Responding deputies at first got no response from Comeaux at his home, but after going around the house, saw him sitting at a dining table, she said.

Comeaux came to the door with the shotgun and spotlight, she said. The deputies told him to drop his weapon, but he pointed the shotgun in their direction, at which point they shot him, she said.

Sheriff Tony Mancuso said after the shooting Tuesday night that his officers had acted correctly. He requested a state police investigation, which he said is his office’s protocol.

Mancuso said the neighborhood off Tank Farm Road is generally quiet.

“It was just two neighbors not getting along, but you know, that’s no excuse,” he said.

“Two neighbors solving any kind of issue should not happen with a weapon. I wish in law enforcement we could make people get along, but unfortunately we can’t. That’s just our nature as people and human beings. Sometimes you’ve just got to leave each other alone and stay away from each other in order to get along, and it’s unfortunate that didn’t happen in this particular case.”

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