Dejuan Guillory was 27 years old. Everyone who knows him calls him sweet, hardworking and charming. Everyone who ever laid eyes on him objectively says that he was good-looking. He loved his children. He had a troubled past that he had put behind him, and he had a promising future as a concrete contractor.
Guillory’s family alleges that he was shot four times in the back on July 6 and was unarmed. However, police say that Guillory, who was previously accused of shooting at an officer, was shot during an “altercation” with the deputy.
In it, Long says that Brown said, that she and Mr. Guillory were on a four-wheel vehicle late at night, they were four wheeling…they were riding on a gravel road… and they passed an officer who was on the side of the road. The officer stopped them and asked for their IDs, which they didn’t have.
In the incident that led up to Guillory’s death, police say that an Evangeline Parish sheriff’s deputy “responded to a report of an attempted burglary just before 4:10 a.m. today near Chad Lane, located about four miles south of Mamou” and made contact “with the suspect, DeJuan Guillory, 27, of Mamou,” according to the television station.
At one point before being shot, “Guillory was begging for his life. Guillory was saying please don’t shoot me, I have three kids. He was very afraid,” alleged the lawyer, who added that Brown claims the officer told Guillory at one point, “Shut the f*ck up or I’ll shoot you.”
Sheriff’s deputy Paul Lafleur was responding to a report of an attempted burglary sometime after 4 a.m. when he encountered Guillory and his girlfriend, 21-year-old, Dequince Brown. The Root reported that the couple were on a date and riding an all-terrain vehicle when they approached a car that was out “in the middle of nowhere” and realized that the person inside was a police officer. It is unclear whether Lafleur was in a marked police car, and whether the couple approached the car first, or if Lafleur was there waiting for the alleged burglar.
On Facebook, Guillory wrote that he was single, although he had posted numerous photos of himself with a woman and children. Most of his posts, including videos and photos, dealt with his children.
Brown’s lawyer said she told him the confrontation between Guillory and the officer “started out verbal. The officer was in Guillory’s face giving him grief about not having his ID on his person, and Guillory was arguing back… the officer wasn’t satisfied with the answer. The officer was in his face, pointing his finger.”
DeJuan’s sister, Kiera Guillory, former law enforcement officer, says that State Police at the local police station were unhelpful in the family’s search for DeJuan’s body. Both DeJuan’s sister and mother worked in law enforcement in the area for over 22 years.
So when a sheriff’s deputy stood over Guillory in an isolated road in the backwoods of Louisiana, fired multiple shots into his back and left him there to die, he didn’t kill Guillory, he transformed him. Before Guillory took his last breath on a dusty, Southern road just outside the tiny town of Mamou, La., he was a man with a future moving away from his past. He was a loving father, a smile and promise.
The deputy, who was injured during the altercation, was transported to a local hospital, where he was listed Thursday in stable condition, Moreau said. The deputy’s identity has not been released.
There are several questions as to why LaFleur was parked in the middle of nowhere at 4 a.m. The Police Department says that he was answering a burglary call. It is unclear whether LaFleur was on duty, in police uniform or even in a marked car, but both Guillory and his girlfriend recognized LaFleur as an officer. The officer allegedly asked both parties for identification, and when they objected, LaFleur ordered them off the four-wheeler. Doran says that Guillory and the officer got into a heated argument, and after a brief altercation, LaFleur told Brown and Guillory to get on the ground.
KATC-TV is reporting that Guillory had been arrested in 2015, accused of stealing an ATM with a backhoe from Citizen’s Bank in Mamou and firing a gun at a responding deputy’s patrol car. At the time, police said they found 12 shell casings shot from an AR 15 assault rifle near the backhoe.
But Joe Long, Brown’s attorney, said in an interview with PenPoint News that Guillory was unarmed and lying face down, with his hands behind his back, as he was instructed to do by Lafleur. In a recorded interview, Brown told her attorney that Guillory was pleading for his life and said, “Please don’t shoot me, I have three kids.” After then, the first shot was fired, according to Brown’s attorney.
Doran told The Root that the deputy went back to his car and stayed there for an extended period of time. However, during their altercation, LaFleur happened to drop his police radio, and it was Brown who called for help, using LaFleur’s radio.
According to Long, Brown then jumped on the officer’s back to prevent him from killing her boyfriend and bit LaFleur, which resulted in him getting injured. LaFleur then fired three more shots at Guillory. DeQuince Brown was arrested on attempted first-degree attempted murder of a police officer.
The deputy had been responding to an attempted burglary in the area of Chad Lane when he encountered Dejuan Guillory, Moreau said. During an ensuing altercation between Guillory and the deputy, Guillory was shot.
“They were both on the ground. Guillory was on the ground, on his belly, his hands behind his back, and the officer had a gun trained at Guillory’s back, maybe a foot or two from Guillory’s body. They were still arguing back and forth but Guillory was on the ground as directed. His hands were behind his back. He was not resisting. All of a sudden, a shot rang out,” Long told Pen Point News.