Read Louisiana State Police report on Lafayette Police fatal shooting of Trayford Pellerin

Ashley White
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

Louisiana State Police's investigation into Lafayette Police officers' fatal shooting of Trayford Pellerin details what detectives said happened that night. 

Pellerin, a 31-year-old Black man, was killed on Aug. 21 after officers responded to a disturbance involving a man with a knife at a North Lafayette gas station. Officers followed Pellerin, who was holding a folding pocket knife, to a convenience store and shot him before he could walk inside. 

A Lafayette grand jury considered and rejected second-degree murder charges for the officers who shot Pellerin. Lesser charges were not considered. 

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State police ruled the shooting a justifiable homicide. 

"After a careful and thorough review of the evidence collected, interviews conducted, and facts learned during the investigation, I did not find probable cause to substantiate criminal charges against Sr. Cpl. Howerton, Ofc. Savoy, and Ofc. McFarlain," detective Georgiana Kibodeaux wrote in her investigative report in December.

Read the report in its entirety below. 

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