Officers cleared in Rayne shooting
An Acadia Parish grand jury indicted 35-year-old Anthony Campbell on charges of attempted first-degree murder in addition to ruling that officers on the scene were justified in shooting him during an incident involving Campbell and both Rayne police officers and Acadia Parish Sheriff’s deputies.
The February 10 shooting occurred in Rayne at Campbell’s home near the intersection of West C Street and Malvern Avenue.
Allegedly, Campbell struck one sheriff’s deputy with his vehicle in an attempt to flee from authorities. Authorities were on the scene to execute a search warrant at his home.
According to District Attorney Mike Harson, 20 to 25 shots were fired when authorities on the scene opened fire on Campbell during his attempted getaway. One bullet fired, left Campbell suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. The bullet that struck Campbell remains lodged in his skull. There were also a number of gunshots to Campbell’s vehicle.
As is customary, Louisiana State Police investigated this and all officer involved shooting.
The officer that actually fired the shot striking Campbell’s head remains unknown because the bullet can not be surgically removed safely.
Under the circumstances the grand jury did find that the officers were justified in the shooting. According to Harson, the grand jurors returned a no true bill on the unnamed officers.
At the scene, investigators also allegedly found and undetermined substance believed to be narcotics and what was described as a large amount of narcotics inside of Campbell’s SUV.
Representing Campbell and his family in a civil lawsuit over the shooting is Attorney Jeffery F. Speer. According to Speer, Campbell does deny all allegations against him.