LPSO Deputy arrested in connection with shots fired, narcotics evidence
Livingston Parish (NBC33) — On February 9, 2014, members of the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office Uniform Patrol Division began looking into an early morning complaint of shots fired in the area of Vermillion Drive in Denham Springs. Upon arrival, no subject was located.
Later that same morning, members of the LPSO were called to investigate a single vehicle in the ditch on Milton Lane in Walker. The vehicle belonged to Leo Barthelemy, Jr. (DOB: 4/12/1983) of 13025 Vermillion Dr. in Denham Springs. Barthelemy, Jr. worked at the LPSO assigned to our Detention Center.
Prior to the vehicle being towed away from the scene, Deputies searched the vehicle after observing an LPSO evidence envelope inside. Through the search, we learned that evidence envelope had been tampered with. The envelope held narcotics evidence.
Our investigation then led to Barthelemy, Jr’s home. Barthelemy, Jr. then advised that he fired a weapon near his home on Vermillion Drive earlier that morning. We are still investigating why those shots were fired & what type of weapon was used.
Leo Barthelemy, Jr. – who started at LPSO in August of 2009 - is charged with the following:
>Malfeasance in Office/Tampering with Evidence
>Illegal Use of weapons or dangerous instrumentalities
*He is no longer in the Livingston Parish Detention Center. Bonded on 2/10/14 - $25,000.00
Barthelemy, Jr.’s girlfriend was also arrested in connection with this case. Tiffany B. Kennedy (DOB: 9/24/1981) of 13215 Rougk Lane in Walker is charged with:
>Accessory After the Fact to Illegal Use of Weapons or Dangerous Instrumentalities
>Accessory After the Fact to Malfeasance in Office/Tampering with Evidence
*She is no longer in the Livingston Parish Detention Center. Bonded on 2/11/14 - $35,000.00
Kennedy, who is not employed by the LPSO, cleaned up shell casings before Deputies could investigate the complaint of shots fired on that February morning. Kennedy discarded some of the narcotics evidence.
Sheriff Ard says, “Based on information obtained through an ongoing investigation, I believe this to be an isolated incident. This is very disappointing. It’s unfortunate that we arrested one of our own. But, no one is above the law. Barthelemy, Jr. is no longer an employee of the LPSO.”
An Internal Affairs Investigation is ongoing.