NEWS RELEASE: Two fatalities in Gray residence


June 11, 2019

On Tuesday afternoon, June 11, 2019, just after 1 p.m., the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office received a report of two bodies in a residence on the 300 block of Westfield Avenue in Gray, La.

Sheriff Jerry Larpenter said two deceased individuals were found, and that they were identified as Michael Stewart Jr., 36 and Jerenda Dillard, 31. Preliminary information indicates both suffered gunshot wounds.

Autopsies are scheduled for Wed., June 12.

TPSO records indicate that the couple had a history of domestic violence. Interviews at the scene also indicated a domestic violence history as well.

The investigation of this incident is in its early stages, and so no additional information is available at this time.


Special Fed certifications for veteran deputies

 Sheriff Jerry Larpenter joins his Chief Deputy, Col. Terry Daigre, in congratulating two veteran

Officers who recently completed special training sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Capt. Shane Fletcher and Lt. Jamie Trahan were awarded certificates of completion for the DHS Active Shooter Threat Instructor Training Program after five grueling days of hard work.

Capt. Fletcher is the director of Sheriff Larpenter’s Regional Training Academy and Lt. Trahan, the Sheriff’s SWAT Team leader, is also assigned to the Academy.

“These officers have both contributed a great deal to this agency,” Sheriff Larpenter said. “I am very grateful for their service and for the work they put into this latest accomplishment.”

Col. Daigre said he is pleased that our communities will benefit from the additional knowledge gained through this training.

“It is our hope that our officers will never have need for these tools, but they are necessary” Col. Daigre said. “Capt. Fletcher and Lt. Trahan can now share what they have learned with other officers, increasing the margin of safety for all of our residents. We are grateful that the federal government

makes these resources available, and that Sheriff Larpenter encourages us to utilize them.”

As an active shooter instructor for 15 years, himself a graduate of two active shooter instructor schools, Col. Daigre said he knows firsthand the degree of challenge these two officers faced.

“This is not a course comprised of just watching someone voice a PowerPoint,” Col. Daigre said. “Some of it is pretty rough and tumble. But if you are going to teach you had better experience the moves first-hand. Capt. Fletcher and Lt. Trahan were well-suited candidates and they honor us with the hard work they did to graduate.”

ASTITP is designed to provide the officer with enhanced analytical knowledge, skills and aptitudes needed to attain the highest proficiency in what has developed into a highly specialized field.

According to material provided by DHS, the course – not only intellectually but also physically demanding – covers tactical matters that include both individual officer and group responses to such emergencies.

The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office Regional Training Academy on Savanne Road includes a shooting range open to the public Wed. through Sunday. The cost to the public is $5 per day or $25 for annual membership.

For more information call (985) 876-2500