ABITA SPRINGS — A St. Tammany Parish sheriff’s deputy shot an Iraqi war veteran after the man pointed a gun at deputies during a domestic violence call at his home Friday, a St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office spokesman said.
Jason Glover, 32, 28260 La. 435, Abita Springs, died at a hospital Saturday morning, Capt. George Bonnett said in a news release.
The Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from Glover’s girlfriend about 11 p.m. Friday, saying Glover had threatened to kill her and was armed with a handgun, Bonnett said. When deputies arrived, they found Glover sitting in his vehicle outside his home.
As he got out of the vehicle, deputies saw Glover was armed with a handgun, Bonnett said.
Deputies yelled at him to drop the weapon, but Glover ignored the order and pointed the gun at one of the deputies, Bonnett said.
A deputy fired at Glover, striking him twice, Bonnett said.
Glover was taken to LSU Interim Public Hospital in New Orleans, Bonnett said.
Both criminal and internal investigations will be conducted into the shooting, Bonnett said.
The unidentified deputy who shot Glover will be given the opportunity to receive counseling and time off, if needed, Bonnett said.
Glover served in the war in Iraq and was one of the first servicemen from St. Tammany Parish to return with significant injuries sustained during the war, Bonnett said.
“Since his return from Iraq, this young man has struggled greatly to adjust and to recover from his experience,” Sheriff Jack Strain said in a news release.
“Sadly, he and his family were ultimately unable to find the help he truly needed,” Strain said. “Today, the thoughts and prayers of the Sheriff’s Office go out to this family during their very difficult time.”