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Houma LA June 12 2012 Authorities say a 41-year-old Houma man died after a scuffle inside a Wal-Mart that left three police officers injured.
Houma police tell The Courier Randolph Bonvillian Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene late Saturday night by the Terrebonne Parish Coroner’s Office.
An officer working a security detail at the store, 933 Grand Caillou Road, heard a man screaming, then when he approached Bonvillian, city police say in a news release. Bonvillian began fighting and injured the officer’s arm.
The officer radioed for backup, and several officers were able to subdue him. However, Bonvillian injured two other officers in the process, police said.
Amid the struggle, Bonvillian became unresponsive, and officers administered CPR to no avail, according to police.
The Jefferson Parish Forensic Center will conduct an autopsy today.
The officers were treated for their injuries and, per departmental policy, were placed on administrative leave with pay. Officials were not immediately available this morning to answer questions about the extent of the officers’ injuries or other details.
The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office will investigate. Witness statements and evidence are being gathered.
Police ask anyone with information to call the Sheriff’s Office at 876-2500 or Bayou Region Crime Stoppers at 1-800-743-7433.