The Advocate, Baton Rouge, La.
The Opelousas chief of police, who, alongside along with his spouse was not too long ago shot in home disturbance, on Wednesday reacted to on-line rumors he was committing adultery with the Opelousas police officer who shot them.
Graig LeBlanc, broke his silence practically two weeks after the capturing that injured him and his spouse. In a Wednesday press launch, LeBlanc admitted to infidelity with the officer, Savannah Butler, who allegedly shot the 2.
LeBlanc’s spouse, Crystal LeBlanc, appeared at Butler’s residence Dec. 22 to confront her husband.
“The circumstances resulting in this unlucky incident are deeply private, and I wish to be forthright with you,” LeBlanc mentioned. “My actions have precipitated ache and misery, not solely to my household but additionally to our neighborhood. I need to acknowledge the function I performed on this unlucky scenario. I’ve failed in my dedication to uphold the requirements anticipated of the Chief of Police and, extra importantly, failed the belief you have got positioned in me. Infidelity is a breach of not solely the private commitments I made but additionally the skilled requirements all of us count on from these in public service.”
LeBlanc mentioned he initiated an inner evaluation of his actions and “these inside the police division.” What that evaluation entails is unclear. Makes an attempt to achieve LeBlanc at his workplace have been unsuccessful.
Butler is an officer on the Opelousas Police Division and is subordinate to Chief LeBlanc. She has since been placed on administrative go away.
LeBlanc mentioned he’ll cooperate totally with any investigations and authorized proceedings stemming from the incident.
Butler turned herself in to the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Workplace on Jan. 1 after a warrant was issued in connection to the Dec. 22 capturing. Butler is charged with two counts of negligent damage, one rely of unlawful discharge of a firearm and obstruction of justice.
Crystal LeBlanc, a captain within the sheriff’s workplace, has been positioned on administrative go away as effectively.
“I acknowledge that belief just isn’t simply regained, however I’m devoted to incomes again your confidence by means of transparency, accountability, and a renewed dedication to serving our neighborhood with the best requirements of professionalism,” LeBlanc wrote.
The investigation into the matter is ongoing, the sheriff’s workplace mentioned.
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