How LA. Officers Were Cleared In Fatal Shooting


As Craig Parro lay inside his mobile home in Charenton, La., on June 27 last year, a stream of pepper spray seeped in through an open window. Outside, two Baldwin police officers waited for the spray to flush him out, says the Lafayette (La.) Daily Advertiser in an “anatomy of a police shooting.” The officers were five miles outside of their jurisdiction, but they had two warrants for Parro’s arrest and were determined to get their man.

A state police investigation cleared officers Joel Honse and Ronald Pinell Jr. of criminal wrongdoing, but the report paints a disturbing picture of the incident that ended in the death of Parro, 45, who was wanted for attempted first-degree murder and armed robbery. Eventually Parro, whose gun police would later learn had no bullets, trained the gun at Honse. Honse said all he could see was the weapon and Parro’s head, so he “took the only available shot I had to the head to stop the threat.” Charges were never filed against the the officers involved because they were acting in self-defense, said prosecutor Phil Haney. “These things are always tough because you’ve got a family of the guy who got killed, but let me just say this, the police didn’t create the attempted murder and armed robbery. That was done by the defendant. The police did not tell the guy to come out with a drawn weapon.”


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