Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a Cut Off man has been charged with murder following an investigation into an early morning shooting on Wednesday. Robert Paul Chouest (W/M, D.O.B. 05/07/83) of 188 ABC Lane has been arrested and booked with second degree murder in a shooting that resulted in the death of 41-year-old Shawn Paul Galjour of Larose.
Patrol deputies and detectives responded to ABC Lane at around 4:45 a.m. on Wednesday, May 22 after receiving a call about the shooting. Thorough investigation, detectives learned Galjour had been walking along ABC Lane early Wednesday morning. According to Chouest, he noticed Galjour lying in a neighbors driveway and attempted to make verbal contact with him. According to Chouest, when Galjour did not respond, he fired one round from a scoped rifle striking Galjour in the head. Chouest told detectives that he shot him because he did not know Galjours intentions, but also admitted he felt Galjour posed no threat to him. Additionally, Chouest admitted to smoking crack cocaine prior to the incident.
Following questioning, Chouest was arrested and transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux where he was booked on the charge of second degree murder. He is currently being held in lieu of $750,000 bond as set by Judge John Leblanc.
Louisiana law clearly defines when a homicide can be considered justifiable, and the circumstances of this shooting do not make it justifiable, said Sheriff Webre. It is unknown at this time why Galjour was in that neighborhood, but through Chouests own admission, Galjour was lying down and had not made any threatening movement or given any other indication that would have led a reasonable person to be in fear of his life thereby justifying the use of deadly force.
Detectives indicate their investigation into this case is continuing.