Barbara Lassere Case: Traffic stop over broken headlight leads to 60-year-old woman's fatal shooting, police say
Troopers say Barbara Lassere was shot after evading a Thursday morning traffic stop.
Trooper Melissa Matey tells the Times-Picayune Lassere refused to get out of the car when she was stopped and instead brandished a gun before fleeing the scene.
She says the deputy then engaged in a slow-speed chase, following Lassere to a nearby home where police say Lassere then again refused to exit the car and fired a round at the deputy.
Matey says the deputy returned fire fatally injuring Lassere.
Sheriff Mike Tregre says state police will now handle the investigation into the shooting.
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