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Broken headlight leads to fatal shooting in Louisiana

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Troopers are investigating a shooting involving a St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's Deputy and a 60-year-old woman in LaPlace. (Fox8Live.com)

State police say a 60-year-old woman fatally shot by a St. John the Baptist Parish sheriff's deputy was pulled over because of a broken headlight.

Troopers say Barbara Lassere was shot after evading a Thursday morning traffic stop.

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Trooper Melissa Matey tells The Times-Picayune Lassere refused to get out of the car when she was stopped and instead brandished a gun before fleeing the scene.

She says the deputy then engaged in a slow-speed chase, following Lassere to a nearby home where police say Lassere then again refused to exit the car and instead fired a round at the deputy.

Matey says the deputy returned fire fatality injuring Lassere.

Sheriff Mike Tregre says state police will handle the investigation into the shooting.

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