FRANKLIN — Louisiana State Police have released the identities of the Chitamacha Tribal police officer killed and the two St. Mary Parish sheriff’s deputies injured in a shooting Saturday that left another man dead near the reservation.
The Chitimacha Tribal police officer killed was Rick Riggenbach, 52, of the Morgan City area, state police said Monday.
Riggenbach had 15 years of law enforcement experience: 10 years, 8 months with St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office, and 4 years, 5 months with the tribal police force.
The two St. Mary Parish sheriff’s deputies injured are Jason Javier, 23, and Matthew Strickland, 24, state police said. Sheriff Mark Hebert said the deputies are recovering.
Wilbert Thibodeaux, 48, of Charenton, is being held in the Iberia Parish Jail on two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of attempt first-degree murder and one count of arson in the incident, state police have said.
Thibodeaux is also accused in the fatal shooting of Eddie Lyons, 78, of Charenton, and then setting fire to Lyons’ mobile home. The officers were shot as they responded to reports of a fire at the mobile home, police have said.