City Police investigation says shooting righteous
The Eunice Police Department is waiting on results of the Louisiana State Police investigation of a January shooting of a man accused to attempting to run over officers.
Meanwhile, the department’s Internal Affairs investigation of the case has found that the officers involved acted with the department’s use of force policy.
Chief Detective Lt. Richard Daigle said his understanding is that the State Police probe is complete except for the return of ballistics results. He said he did know what conclusions State Police may have reached.
Police allege that Troy Douglas Mott, 42, of Eunice backed up and struck a police unit, knocking to the ground the officer who stopped Mott on West Laurel about 2 a.m. on Jan. 15.
The case report claims that as support officers arrived, Mott accelerated toward them.
Officers fired at him and he turned away, missing them and fleeing. He was eventually taken into custody near the old Dresser Building, suffering from what was described as a superficial gunshot wound.
Mott is in the St. Landry Parish Jail, charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder. aggravated battery and aggravated flight.
State Police are involved because they investigate any case involving police discharging their firearms.
Mott’s son Troy V. Mott, 17, of Marksville, a passenger in the car, was charged with possession of marijuana.
A second passenger was not arrested.
A group of citizens who have complained about some officers’ allege the Mott incident did not go down the way the police say.
And they say the second passenger was subject to unwarranted use of physical force and is preparing a lawsuit against the department.
As for their official complaints regarding other incidents, findings of that internal investigation should be announced shortly.