Deputy kills woman who fired gun after fleeing from traffic stop

Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 12:36pm

A 60-year-old woman was shot and killed by a deputy early this morning after she allegedly pulled out a gun and fired a shot.

The Louisiana State Police is currently investigating the incident, which occurred at roughly 1:45 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24. We’re told it started when a deputy with the St. John the Baptist Sheriff's Office spotted a vehicle driving without headlights.

Officials say the deputy attempted a traffic stop, but the woman refused to get out of the vehicle and pulled out a weapon. She allegedly got back in the vehicle and sped off.

The deputy pursued the woman until she stopped at a home located in the 200 block of West Second Street. That’s when she allegedly got out of the vehicle and fired a shot at the deputy. The deputy returned fire and struck the woman.

The woman, later identified as Barbara Lassere, was transported to a hospital where she later died as a result of her injuries.

The deputy involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave while the Louisiana State Police investigate to determine whether all protocol was followed in this case. This is standard procedure for any incident where a law enforcement officer discharges a weapon.

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