FBI Looking into La. Police Shooting
FERRIDAY, La. (AP) - FBI agents are investigating the death of a man at the hands of a Concordia Parish sheriffs deputy.
Concordia Parish sheriffs Deputy David Hedrick, 34, shot Fredrick Ron Lollis, 38, Aug. 23 in Ferriday. Hedrick told investigators Lollis pointed a gun at him and was armed with a bat.
Sheriff Randy Maxwell said a gun was found at the scene. Other witnesses have contradicted the story, saying Lollis was not armed and pleaded not to be shot.
Hedrick is on administrative leave until completion of the State Police probe.
State police said Friday the investigation is ongoing. Once completed, the report will be turned over to the Concordia/Catahoula District Attorneys Office to be presented before a grand jury.
The FBI investigation is separate from the criminal investigation. FBI Special Agent Sheila Thorne, who is based in the New Orleans office, said Friday that the bureau is looking into the circumstances of the shooting as it might relate to a potential civil-rights violation.
She said it is fairly routine for the FBI to look into deaths and there does not have to be a complaint filed. Thorne would not release details of the investigation. Once completed, the case will be turned over to the Justice Departments civil-rights division for a decision on whether prosecution is warranted.