Six BR deputies cleared in shooting death of Travis Stevenson
“The death of Travis Stevenson was legally justified and no criminal responsibility can be found for the deputies involved as they were legally exercising their rights of self-defense and defense-of-others,” states an official report by the District Attorney’s office.
According to DA Hillar C. Moore III, an investigation has cleared six deputies of any wrongdoing for the Feb. 23, 2016, death of Stevenson.
East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s deputies general detectives Sgt. Charles Montgomery and Det. Shannon Broussard, homicide detectives Sgt. Scott Henning and Cpl. Chris Masters and uniform patrol deputies Lt. Michael Birdwell and Sgt. Verner Budd from the Gardere substation were on the scene when the shooting happened. They were placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure, following the incident.
Reports state Stevenson repeatedly rammed a deputy’s patrol vehicle after officers blocked his car in a parking spot next to an apartment building at the corner of Terrace Avenue and Eddie Robinson Sr. Drive, East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said. Deputies tried to pull Stevenson from his vehicle, smashing a car window in the process, before deputies shot him, Gautreaux said.
Dr. William “Beau” Clark, the East Baton Rouge Parish coroner, said Stevenson died of multiple gunshot wounds to the head and torso. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
“Four of the responding deputies discharged their firearms,” states the report. “Stevenson was struck several times, resulting in his death. The incident was not recorded on any dash cameras or body cameras. Furthermore, there is no video of this incident known to law enforcement.”
Louisiana State Police investigators from Hammond oversaw the investigation.
This case is one of four officer-involved shooting deaths that occurred within East Baton Rouge Parish in 2016.
ONLINE: Read the official report here.