JPSO Deputies Shoot, Kill Man in a Wheelchair Holding a Shotgun

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Crime Scene 3METAIRIE, La. (WGNO) – Authorities in Jefferson Parish are investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting Friday morning.

Dispatchers received a call around 10:45 a.m. from a man saying his brother was suicidal, according to Col. John Fortunato, spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Minutes later several deputies arrived at the White Water Creek apartments at 6826 Veterans Memorial Blvd. to find the man sitting in a wheelchair holding a shotgun.

That man has been identified as Bruce Robinson, 47.

Fortunato said the deputies tried to calm Robinson down but negotiations failed and he became increasingly agitated, pointing the gun at them.  Fortunato said that’s when deputies at the scene told Robinson three times to put the gun down.  He didn’t.

Two deputies, with 20 years combined experiences, shot the man multiple times, according to Fortunato.  The man died at the scene.

The incident is under investigation.

The two deputies in the shooting are Joe Marcel, a 12 year veteran of the JPSO, and Christopher Bassil, a 8 year veteran of the JPSO.

No other details were released.