“Fatal Shooting at St. Germaine Apartments: Suspect Targets Victims in Shipyard Tragedy”

By | July 17, 2023



“It’s a sad outcome,” Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joseph Lopinto expressed while standing in the parking lot of the St. Germaine Apartments. The complex, located in the 2200 block of Manhattan Boulevard in Harvey, became the site of a fatal shooting involving law enforcement officers.

The incident began with a shooting at a shipyard, where two male employees were shot and killed by a former co-worker. The three men had worked together at the same company, but the motive behind the shooting remains unknown. Sheriff Lopinto stated that the suspected gunman was targeting people on his work crew.

After the shipyard shooting, the suspect fled from the scene. The Sheriff’s Office received information that the suspect had been picked up by a vehicle driven by his mother. The mother was unaware of her son’s involvement in the shootings. She dropped him off at his apartment in the St. Germaine complex.

Law enforcement officers, including members of the SWAT team, set up surveillance on the suspect’s apartment. He was spotted several times on the balcony before he walked outside and spotted the deputies. The suspect then picked up his firearm and started firing shots at the officers. In response, the officers returned fire, fatally shooting the suspect.

The entire gunfight was captured on deputies’ body-worn cameras, but the video is not being released due to an ongoing investigation. Several residents reported hearing gunfire during the incident.

This tragic event adds to the list of fatal shootings involving Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies. The use of lethal force has been justified in previous cases, according to Sheriff Lopinto.


As the investigation continues, the community mourns the loss of life and seeks answers to the underlying causes of these violent incidents. The focus now must be on preventing future tragedies and ensuring the safety of both law enforcement officers and the public they serve..