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Man Injured In Officer Involved Shooting in Kaplan; Investigation Ongoing

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The investigation is still in the early stages and additional information will be forthcoming as the investigation moves forward.

Posted: Mar 4, 2021 7:56 AM

The Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Office was dispatched to assist Kaplan P.D. with regards to a subject wielding lawn mower blades in the  2700 block of N. Herpin Street in Kaplan. While VPSO patrol division were enroute to assist, a call was received of shots fired at the same location. VPSO Detectives respond and currently obtaining information as to the sequence of events which took place leading to the shooting.

A preliminary investigation indicates that Kaplan P.D. responded to the 2700 block of N Herpin on 3/03/21 in reference to a disturbance and shortly after departing the first call, was summoned back a second time for a crash at the residence. When KPD officers responded the second time the suspect/victim Larry Litwiler Jr. was observed wielding two lawn mower blades and damaging vehicles at the residence. KPD officers attempt to deescalate the situation when Litwiler Jr. began advancing on officers. Two KPD officers fired their duty weapons striking Litwiler Jr. Larry Litwiler Jr. He was transported to a local hospital with non life threatening injuries. The investigation is still in the early stages and additional information will be forthcoming as the investigation moves forward.

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