Further Charges Added To Suspect In Trooper Involved Shooting On I-49 As Trooper Is Identified
22-year-old Byron Simon of Ville Platte is now facing more charges after getting arrested for allegedly getting into a bizarre struggle with police following a two vehicle accident.
The accident happened Wednesday around 4:20 p.m. on Interstate 49 near milepost 40, north of the Evangeline/St. Landry Parish line. La. State Police Spokesperson Trooper Stephen Hammons says when a St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Deputy responded to the crash, Simon allegedly began running toward him, without any clothes on, and began struggling with the deputy in the deputy’s vehicle.
Hammons says as a Trooper, identified as Travis Gallow, arrived on the scene, he noticed the deputy and Simon struggling, and discharged his weapon, which no one was injured by. Hammons says the Trooper eventually had to fire his Taser on Simon, as Simon allegedly continued to struggle with officers as they tried to take him into custody. Simon was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Simon was booked into the St. Landry Parish Jail for attempted disarming of a peace officer, simple battery, obscenity, simple burglary of an emergency vehicle, battery on a police officer and four counts of resisting a police officer. The new charges added to Simon include DWI 1st offense, driving with a suspended license, no insurance, careless operation, no seat belt and expired inspection sticker.
Toxicology samples have been sent off to the State Police Crime Lab as the case remains under investigation.