13-year-old suspect in custody after deputy shot during burglary call in Louisiana

ST. TAMMANY PARISH, La. — A St. Tammany Parish sheriff’s deputy was wounded while responding to a burglary call after he said the teenage suspect shot him.

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Deputy Kenneth Doby was on patrol when a business was burglarized just before 3 a.m., WWL reported.

Doby and another deputy said they believed they saw the suspect walking away from the store that had been burglarized, and wrestled him to the ground, WVUE reported. While doing so, Doby was shot “beneath the back of his bulletproof vest,” St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith told WVUE.

“It’s a scary call when you get woken up at 3 a.m. and they say one of your deputies has been shot,” Smith told WWL. Smith told the station that doctors said Doby will make a full recovery.

The 13-year-old was arrested and booked into a juvenile detention center, WDSU reported. He has been charged with attempted first-degree murder and battery of a police officer, among other charges.

The owner of the store, Pete Tulli, told NOLA.com that he estimated $15 in cigars was stolen, and that he heard the cigars were found on the suspect.

In a Facebook post, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office announced that it was hosting a blood drive to benefit Deputy Doby.

🚨PLEASE SHARE ‼️ Sheriff Randy Smith wants the community to join him this Friday May 27 from 9AM to 3PM for a blood drive benefiting Deputy Kenneth Doby. Deputy Doby was shot in the line of duty early this morning. We are thankful he is expected to make a full recovery. However, the Blood Center🩸has graciously offered to host this event in his name. The event with be at the Justice Center Registar of Voter’s Office which is located on the 1st floor of the Justice Center Parking Garage. St. Tammany Parish Clerk of Court, Mrs. Melissa Henry, has graciously allowed us to utilize her elections training room for this event. In addition, for every replacement donation received, Deputy Doby will receive a $10 contribution for expenses not typically covered by insurance. We are getting many inquiries on how the community can support this deputy. This is one of the ways you can support our fellow brother in blue💙. If you can’t make it this Friday, you can go anytime to any of their locations and mention his name to support Deputy Doby. Sheriff Randy Smith would like to thank the Blood Center for reaching out and offering their help during this time. To register click on the link below: https://bit.ly/3lHS9r7

Posted by St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, May 25, 2022