Louisiana State Police investigating shooting involving deputy in St. John the Baptist Parish

Staff Report

The St. John the Baptist Sheriff's Office requested a Louisiana State Police investigation following a shooting involving one of its deputies.

According to a news release, the incident happened about 5 a.m. April 3 on the Interstate 10 westbound on-ramp from Hwy. 51.

Detectives assigned to the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations are investigating.

Investigators from the Louisiana State Police Evidence Control Unit responded to assist BOI in processing the scene.

Louisiana State Police is the lead investigating agency.

According to an update from LSP later in the day, troopers reported deputies received 911 calls of a reported vehicle that ran off the roadway and was partially submerged.

After arriving and locating the vehicle, deputies approached the vehicle and engaged in an encounter with the two occupants, identified as 19-year-old Kendell Prembrook of LaPlace and 20-year-old Jacoby Williams of Gramercy.

The initial investigation revealed deputies with the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Interstate 10 and US 51 after receiving 911 calls of a vehicle that ran off the highway and was partially submerged. On arrival, Sheriff’s deputies located a vehicle that had traveled off the roadway and into the marsh area.

Deputies approached the vehicle, which was occupied by the driver, 19-year-old Kendell Prembrook of Laplace, and passenger, 20-year-old Jacoby Williams of Gramercy. During the encounter with the two occupants, a deputy fired one shot from his duty weapon, striking Williams.

Deputies immediately transported Williams to a local hospital for treatment, where he remains in critical condition.

One AK-47 style firearm and one 9mm handgun were recovered from the scene.