THIBODAUX, La. (WGNO) — A Lafourche Parish Sheriff deputy is dead after a crash in Thibodaux.

Sunday morning (April 2nd) around 5 a.m. a Houma police officer attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation when the suspect began to speed off LA Hwy 1 near Klienpeter Road.

Police pursued the vehicle on a chase when and at some point, the suspect stopped.

That’s when officers allegedly attempted to negotiate with the suspect, the suspect sped off and rammed into a 44-year-old Detective Sergeant Nicholas Pepper’s unit that was stopped nearby on the highway.

The Pepper was taken to a hospital where he later died. The suspect suffered minor injuries and was taken into custody.

Lafourche parish sheriff Craig Webre released a statement about the deputy’s passing stating, “Nick epitomized all that is honored and revered in a peace officer. The tremendous outpouring of love and gratitude from the community is truly appreciated. I ask that you continue to keep Sergeant Nick Pepper and his family, as well as our Sheriff’s Office family, in your thoughts and prayers.”

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