Tangipahoa club altercation leads to accidental shooting of teen
POSTED: Friday, August 17, 2012 - 4:30pm
UPDATED: Saturday, August 18, 2012 - 8:23pm
Tangipahoa Parish, La (NBC33) — An officer-related shooting occurred on Saturday, August 11 at Club 81, which is located within the Village of Tangipahoa.
At approximately 2:30 a.m., deputies responded to an urgent call for assistance from a security detail at a nightclub in Tangipahoa, Louisiana, where multiple fights had taken place at the establishment. One or more of the nightclub patrons was armed.
Three separate units arrived on the scene at almost the same time. As soon as they arrived, deputies began disbursing the crowd of approximately 250 patrons, sending them to their vehicles and asking them to leave the area and go home.
While clearing the site, deputies learned from witnesses that Marquis Martin, 22, was an instigator of the disturbance and was armed with a handgun. Martin allegedly fired several shots into a crowd at a nearby convenience store just prior to this disturbance.
When the deputies sought to question Martin he fled. The deputies pursued him on foot and overtook him a short distance away where they attempted to subdue him, search him for a concealed weapon, and take him into custody. Martin did not comply with two deputies on the ground and struggled attempting to free his arms.
While in the process of restraining Martin, and before they were able to handcuff him, deputies saw an unknown male rapidly approaching, coming out of the darkness from between two cars parked. One deputy momentarily freed his right hand, drew his weapon and extended it towards the oncoming person; however, while still using his off-hand to contain Martin, the gun accidently went off, striking Cjavar Galmon, 18. He died at the scene.
Marquis Martin was found to be carrying a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol in the waistband of his pants and ballistic evidence confirmed this pistol fired at least 8 rounds at a nearby convenience store just a short time before the incident at Club 81. He was arrested and booked on multiple charges and is incarcerated in the Tangipahoa Parish Jail.
Sheriff Daniel Edwards has met with the family of Cjavar Galmon to express his sincere condolences. "It would be premature for me to discuss the details of this incident until the LSP investigation has been completed, except to say that I am deeply saddened by what has occurred and my thoughts and prayers are with the Galmon family."