UPDATE: 1 suspect sought after botched LaPlace break-in turns deadly

Published 9:27 am Wednesday, September 13, 2017

LAPLACE — A Garyville man is dead and police are seeking another suspect after a botched break-in turned deadly Tuesday night in LaPlace.

According to the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office, a homeowner in the 3000 block of Cambridge Drive heard voices in his backyard at approximately 8 p.m.

Police said the homeowner opened the back door, at which time an intruder made entry into the house and was shot by the homeowner.

Sheriff’s Office deputies and firefighters responded to the scene after the shooting and administered aid to the intruder, who police identified as 27-year-old Kalvin Ferrygood of Garyville.

Emergency medical services brought Ferrygood to a New Orleans hospital, where authorities said he died.

St. John Parish Sheriff Mike Tregre said the homeowner was not arrested based on statements provided to authorities, a witness account, physical evidence and video footage from the scene.

Police are not identifying the homeowner, describing him as a 32-year-old man who fired multiple shots at the intruder and stuck him once in the mid section.

Tregre described the assailant’s approach into the home as a bumrush that was met with gunfire.

According to Tregre, detectives have a good idea of who the second person with Ferrygood was and are working to locate and arrest that suspect.

At this time, authorities said it appears the home was chosen at random for break-in.

Tregre said those present cooperated with detectives Tuesday night and the investigation flowed “smoothly and quickly.”

“The only thing we’re really focused on right now is who was the other person in the backyard with (the intruder),” Tregre said.

According to Tregre, the Sheriff’s Office is going to forward its report to the district attorney’s office in the next week, and the D.A. would make the decision on possible charges for the homeowner.

An autopsy on Ferrygood was completed Thursday.