JEFFERSON PARISH, LA (NBC33) — The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office has confirmed to NBC33 News that the suspect in the Mickey Shunick investigation filed a report with their office on Sunday, May 20. That report was filed less than 24-hours after Shunick went missing.
Officials say that Brandon Lavergne, 33, was treated at the Oschner Hospital on Jefferson Highway in Jefferson Parish on Saturday, May 19. The Oschner Hospital is located roughly 131 miles away from Lafayette. We’re told he arrived at the hospital shortly after 11:00 p.m. They say Lavergne told hospital staff he had been the victim of an attack that had occurred at 3:00 p.m. that same day.
Lavergne told the investigating deputy he had driven around until he could find a hospital because he was unfamiliar with the area.
The Sheriff’s Office filed the report as an Aggravated Battery with Lavergne listed as the victim.
We’re told the stab wounds were listed as non-life threatening injuries.
Lavergne was officially charged with the First-Degree Murder and Kidnapping of Mickey Shunick on Thursday, July 5. After being charged Lavergne became uncooperative with Police and has not provided any information relative to the investigation.
Lavergne is a convicted sex offender for Aggravated Oral Sexual Battery. He lives in Church Point, La. A search was conducted of his home, but investigators have not said if any physical evidence was recovered during that search.
Earlier today, Thursday, July 12, the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a search of three suspicious dirt mounds located near the St. Anne’s Catholic Church. The search was based off a tip provided by a local farmer who discovered suspicious mounds of dirt. We’re told no phusical evidence was recovered from any of the locations.