Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand unleashed a tirade of criticism surrounding the application of the “victim” label to a 17-year-old who attempted to shoot a deputy on Tuesday night.
The Sheriff exclaimed that 17-year-old Devon Martes -who was caught by a deputy trying to steal rims from a storage lot- was “not the victim” because he attempted to open fire on his deputy.
Martes’ firearm malfunctioned, giving the deputy a chance to return six shots, fatally hitting Martes.
Normand produced a freeze frame from the CCTV footage that captured the shooting, showing the two individuals locked in a standoff, pistols pointed at each other. As the camera zoomed in on the freeze frame, Normand expressed his disgust over the fact that such a situation could occur “over frickin’ truck rims.”
The Sheriff went on to say that his deputy was “one of the luckiest men in America.”
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