Trooper: Houma officer killed man charging with screwdriver

November 2, 2021 GMT

HOUMA, La. (AP) — Louisiana State Police say Houma police have shot and killed a man who was charging at one of them with a screwdriver.

The man’s mother, Lorraine Magee, told WDSU-TV that Johnny Magee, 36, of Houma was unarmed and was shot at least seven times.

Magee charged a Houma Police Department officer as soon as the officer showed up Monday afternoon, ignoring repeated orders to stop, according to a state police news release sent Tuesday.

State police said another officer had joined the first, one of them fired, and Magee was hit. He died at a hospital. Neither officer was hurt.

Lorraine Magee said she had called police because her son suffered from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and was having a mental episode at her home.

Trooper Ross Brennan, a state police spokesperson, said he could not comment about her statements because the investigation is not yet complete.