State Police Investigating After Louisiana State Penitentiary Inmate Fatally Shot by Guard

Louisiana State Police are investigating the fatal shooting of an inmate Friday morning (Sept. 15) at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. Authorities said the guard shot and killed the 35-year-old inmate after the inmate charged at the guard.

Brandon Lizotte was serving a life sentence after being convicted of second degree murder in Tangipahoa Parish. Lizotte arrived at Angola in December 2006.

Louisiana State Police said the fatal shooting occurred around 6:30 a.m. Friday as corrections officers at Angola were escorting a group of inmates to their work area. That is when Lizotte “began to run aggressively towards a corrections officer,” police said.

The guard, who has not been identified, told Lizotte to stop several times and fired a warning shot, police said. Police said the guard fired at Lizotte when he failed to stop, striking and killing him.

Lizotte was transported to the hospital and pronounced dead at 7:54 a.m.

State Police are leading the investigation into the shooting death, which is currently classified as an attempted escape. The West Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Louisiana State Penitentiary Investigative Unit are also helping with the investigation, according to a news release.