The Northeast Louisiana Sheriff’s Investigative Unit officials have verified that Lance Levie was the individual shot by an Ouachita Parish deputy on Tuesday.
The Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office received a request on Tuesday for a welfare check at a residence on Ray Drive in Monroe.
When deputies arrived, they encountered Levie, who was reported to be armed with a large knife, a firearm, and a homemade firebomb.
While engaging in conversation with authorities, Levie reportedly started making multiple threats towards deputies. Despite attempts to defuse the situation, Levie allegedly ignited the flammable explosive device he had in his possession.
According to a statement from the Northeast Louisiana Sheriff’s Investigative Unit, deputies responded by using their firearms, resulting in Levie’s death. With the aid of the Monroe Police Department Bomb Squad, the residence was thoroughly checked, leading to the alleged discovery of additional explosive devices.
The incident is currently under investigation, and upon its conclusion, the case will be handed over to the Fourth Judicial District Attorney’s Office for review.
We understand the impact that this incident has on the community, and we remain committed to transparency throughout the investigation.LIEUTENANT MATTHEW HENDERSON, NORTHEAST LOUISIANA SHERIFF’S INVESTIGATIVE UNIT