Grand jury declines to indict police officer in shooting death

A Lafayette Parish grand jury declined to indict a Lafayette police officer Wednesday who shot and killed an armed man in July suspected of being suicidal.

The officer, who has never been identified, shot Harold J. Bastin outside a home at 306 Chateau Place.

The officer was among others who responded to a call at 5:40 p.m. July 14 about an attempted suicide. They arrived to find Bastin in his yard armed with a handgun.

Bastin “engaged officers,” State Police spokesman Trooper Stephen Hammons said at the time.

During the engagement, one of the officers fired at Bastin and killed him. Bastin was pronounced dead at the scene by the Lafayette Parish Coroner’s Office.

“We determined that there was not a criminal act by the Lafayette police officer who responded,” the grand jury said in a court document.

The officer was placed on administrative leave immediately after the shooting.

He has since returned to work, Cpl. Paul Mouton said.