Louisiana inmate fatally shot inside courthouse after struggle with sheriff's deputy

Police not sure who caused the shooting, but investigators are interviewing officer and witnesses

A prisoner was shot and killed inside a south Louisiana courthouse after officials reported a struggle between the inmate and a sheriff's deputy.

The St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office said the shooting happened just before 9 a.m. Monday. Louisiana State Police say the corrections deputy had brought the inmate to the courthouse in Franklin when a scuffle broke out in a deliberation room just outside a courtroom.

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State police haven't said what they believe happened, or who shot the inmate. The dead man's name has not been released pending notification of relatives.

A Louisiana inmate was fatally shot inside a courthouse after a struggle with a sheriff's deputy. Police are not sure who caused the shooting, but investigators are interviewing the officer and witnesses. 

A Louisiana inmate was fatally shot inside a courthouse after a struggle with a sheriff's deputy. Police are not sure who caused the shooting, but investigators are interviewing the officer and witnesses. 

The inmate was pronounced dead at a hospital. No deputies were injured.

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Trooper Derek Senegal, a spokesperson for the agency, said investigators are interviewing the officer and witnesses as well as reviewing any available video recordings.