Deputy-involved shooting in Avondale

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AVONDALE, LA – The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a deputy-involved shooting.

At the crime scene, Sheriff Joseph Lopinto reported that the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide and fatal deputy-involved shooting that occurred tonight in Avondale.

The Sheriff recounts that just after 7:30 pm, deputies were dispatched to a disturbance possibly involving a firearm near the intersection of Butler Drive and Grambling Street. A caller stated that she observed a male attacking a female, and may have heard gunshots.

Arriving deputies located a male and female outside of their home. The couple identified as 54-year-old Louvenia Penwright, and 57-year-old Willie Shropshire Jr.

Shropeshire shot Penwright killing her. Deputies fired several shots at Shropshire, killing him. Both were pronounced dead on the scene.

There is no word on a motive available at this time, but the incident is believed to be domestic in nature.

Stay with WGNO.com and tune in to WGNO News at 10 p.m. as we update this continuing story.

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