- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

HOUMA, La. (AP) - State police are investigation the shooting death of a Houma teenager by a Terrebonne Parish sheriff’s deputy.

Troopers identified the victim as Cameron Tillman, 14, a freshman at Ellender High School.

The shooting occurred shortly after 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The deputy’s name has not been released. It’s also unclear how many times Tillman was shot and what part of his body was hit.

Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Dawn Foret told The Courier (https://bit.ly/1unJESW) Wednesday that the teenager was “armed.”

State police have said a weapon was found “in close proximity,” though they would not elaborate.

The incident began after the deputies received a report of several people entering a home, State Police Troop Evan Harrell said. The caller reported the incident as a robbery and noted at least one of the people entering the home was armed.

Deputies and state police declined to elaborate on exactly what they think happened when two sheriff’s deputies arrived. Several neighbors reported hearing three gunshots. Tillman died at the scene.

Three of the people in the house, two minors and one 18-year-old, were arrested. Harrell said charges are pending against the trio but was unclear what those might be as of Tuesday night.

Another teen escaped the home and was being sought by investigators, Harrell said.

Residents said the rundown brick home where the shooting took place had been vacant more than a year and kids were often seen going in and out of the building.

Though the deputy’s identity is being withheld, Foret said the officer is black, a seven-year member of the patrol division, a field training officer and a member of the SWAT team.

Tillman was also black.

The deputy has no previous disciplinary infractions during his or her career with the sheriff’s office, Foret said.

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Information from: The Courier, https://www.houmatoday.com

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