Deputy Cleared in Shooting


Sheriff’s Deputy Anthony Matteson is back at work. Deputy Chris Sibley is still undergoing rehabilitation. District Attorney Julie Jones reviewed the State Police investigation of the shooting of Preston Thornton last August and concluded “I have determined that there will be no action on this case.”

The Journal has obtained the records of the State Police investigation into the incident as well as footage from the body cams worn by deputies who went to the scene early on August second. DA Jones said “He (Matteson) acted professionally in carrying out his duties. He acted to protect himself, Preston Thornton’s Mother (who was in the room at the time) and Deputy Sibley. The report showed that he (Matteson) would not be prosecuted.”

A portion of the body cam footage is included with this article. It illustrates how circumstances can change in a few seconds and how law enforcement officers have to react quickly. You may not wish to show this to younger children.

The Journal asked Sheriff Glen Edwards for a statement. Edwards emailed, “The Louisiana State Police investigation concerning the officer involved shooting was completed and submitted to District Attorney Julie Jones for review. Per letter issued by the District Attorney, there will be no action taken by her office in this case. “

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