At 1:00 a.m. Monday morning (July 23, 2012), Assumption Parish
Sheriffís Deputies were dispatched to Saint
Peter Street in Paincourtville in reference to a male
subject laying in a front yard of a residence not moving. The subject appeared
to have been in an altercation. Upon arrival, deputies observed a white male,
later identified as Brett Hebert (43 years of age, W/M from 6859 Highway 1,
Belle Rose) lying in the yard unresponsive. Acadian Ambulance and
Paincourtville Fire and Rescue had arrived on scene and began CPR on Hebert.
Subsequently, paramedics were able to restart Hebertís heart but he was not
breathing on his own. He was then transported to Assumption
and later transferred to Thibodaux
Center. He was pronounced
deceased in Thibodaux
around 10:00 p.m. last night after being taken off a ventilator.
A preliminary investigation indicates that Hebert and a black
male subject from Paincourtville had a confrontation at a residence which began
as a verbal argument and developed into a fistic encounter. Witnesses indicate
that at one point Hebert was struck and fell to the ground. The witnesses then attempted
to render assistance and called 911 for further help.
Hebertís body is being sent by the Assumption Parish Coroner
to the Orleans Parish Coronerís Office today for a full and complete autopsy to
determine the exact cause of death.
The black male subject has been identified and interviewed
by Detectives. However, no arrests have been made at this time. This is an
on-going investigation and we have advised District Attorney Ricky Babin of its
preliminary findings. As we a wait the results of the autopsy and conduct
further interviews of witnesses, we ask the public to contact Detective
Sergeant Jason Terry at 985-526-1627 or 985-369-2912 with any information you
may have concerning this case.