Rickey Jefferson, an LSU football signee and younger brother of former LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson, has been charged with resisting an officer by violence after allegedly being involved in a fight with a Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputy Feb. 2 during a parade on Veterans Memorial Boulevard, court records show.
Jefferson, a consensus four-star recruit at receiver at Destrehan High School, signed with LSU on National Signing Day four days after the incident. He had 36 catches for 562 yards and five touchdowns for the Wildcats and was named Hononrable Mention on the Class 5A state football team last year.
Jefferson, 209 Riverwood, St. Rose, was given a misdemeanor summons for resisting an officer, battery on a police officer and interfering with a law enforcement investigation, according to records filed in the 24th Judicial District in Jefferson Parish.
Jefferson and two other 17-year-olds, Joe Sharp and David Sampson, have been charged in a bill of information from the District Attorney's Office with resisting an officer by violence.
Jefferson has a March 27 hearing scheduled to address his summons, records show.
Sharp, 132 Riverview Drive, St. Rose, also was given a misdemeanor summons for resisting arrest and battery on a police officer, records show.
Sampson, 115 Riverview Drive, St. Rose, was booked on one count each of interfering with a police investigation, battery on a police officer, resisting by flight and resisting by violence.
Sampson was given a $3,500 bail for the resisting by violence count, court records show.
The incident happened at 3301 Veterans Boulevard around 8:30 p.m. Feb. 2, court records show.
Sheriff's detectives were conducting a narcotics investigation near Severn and Veterans Boulevard when Sampson, a 17-year-old Destrehan High School student, began interfering with the investigation and shouted profanity at detectives, according to an affidavit of probable cause for Sampson's arrest.
More details about the narcotics investigation were not offered in the affidavit.
Detective Joshua Collins told Sampson to stop shouting profanities and stop interfering with the investigation, but Sampson continued to yell at the detective, the affidavit says.
Collins tried to place Sampson in handcuffs, but Sampson then tried to punch the detective's face and torso, the affidavit says.
The two began to scuffle in the middle of the parade route, the affidavit says.
Jefferson and Sharp then intervened and attacked Collins, which allowed Sampson to escape, the affidavit says.
Collins eventually broke away from Jefferson and Sharp and chased after Sampson, the affidavit says.
Collins then tackled Sampson, who continued to punch the detective in the torso before being placed in handcuffs, the affidavit says.
Witnesses told detectives that Sampson threw a gun during the fight, but no gun was ever found, the affidavit says.