Acadia authorities named in civil lawsuit
A civil lawsuit has been filed in federal court against law enforcement officers in Acadia Parish that shot and critically wounded Anthony Campbell. The civil suit was filed Monday in the U.S. District Court by Henry Lee Malbrough the father of the now mentally incapacitated Campbell.
In October 2009, Campbell was indicted by an Acadia Parish grand jury for attempted first-degree murder in the incident that left him with a bullet lodged in his skull.
The shooting occurred February 10, 2009 when Campbell attempted to flee from authorities at his home at West C Street and Malvern Avenue. During his attempt to flee, Campbell struck an Acadia Parish sheriff’s deputy with his vehicle. Authorities then opened fire on Campbell Official have said that authorities had arrived at the residence to execute a search warrant.
Defendants named in the civil suit include the city of Rayne, Police Chief Carroll J. Stelly, Acadia Parish, Sheriff Wayne Melancon and deputies Jackie Boddye, and George Brad Ware and officers Christopher Cormier an Joseph Credeur.
The civil suit claims Campbell was parked in the driceway of the home when he was “unexpectedly and violently attacked without provocation” by Boddye, Ware, Cormier and Credeur.
The suit claims civil rights violations and gross and wanton negligence by the defendants.