National News

Officials: Inmate fatally shot after charging at guard

Posted 5:47 p.m. Friday

— An inmate at Louisiana's State Penitentiary in Angola has been shot to death after charging at a guard.

A news release from the state Department of Corrections says 35-year-old Brandon Lizotte was fatally shot Friday morning.

The release says Lizotte was among prisoners being escorted to a work area about 6:30 a.m. when he charged at a corrections officer. It says Lizotte refused to stop despite the officer's verbal commands and a warning shot.

The officer shot Lizotte, who was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

The department says Lizotte was convicted of second-degree murder in Tangipahoa (TAN'-jih-pah-HO-ah) Parish in 2006 and was serving a life sentence. The department says it is classifying the incident as an attempted escape.

The shooting is under investigation by state police.

Comments

Please with your WRAL.com account to comment on this story. You also will need a Facebook account to comment.

Oldest First
View all