From the Daily Comet of January 2, 2009
Police say victim shot robbery suspect
Police said a city man was shot and wounded Thursday night while trying to rob another at gunpoint near a Canal Boulevard convenience store.
Police responding to a report of a man shot just after 8 p.m. found 34-year-old Lee Diggs of 534 St. Charles St. lying on the ground near the Turner Motel with gunshot wounds to the hip and stomach areas, Thibodaux Police Chief Craig Melancon said.
Just after officers arrived, Melancon said, they were approached by Terrence Triggs of Schriever, who told them he believed he had shot a man who was trying to rob him through his truck’s driver-side window.
“He stated he had been robbed and in self-defense shot the individual who robbed him,” Melancon said this morning.
Triggs had called 911 to report the shooting.
Diggs was taken to Thibodaux Regional Medical Center where he is under police guard, and will be booked at a later time for armed robbery, Melancon said.
Melancon said officers are looking for an alleged accomplice to the robbery.
A warrant has been issued for 33-year-old Antoine Baptiste of Thibodaux.
Melancon said Baptiste approached Triggs, the robbery victim, inside the convenience store.
Triggs, who had been celebrating his birthday, was wearing a large gold chain. Relatives and friends had pinned several $100 bills to it, and during the robbery, the money was taken, police said.
After the shooting, Melancon said, Baptiste ran from the truck and went to the wounded Diggs’ side, taking his pistol — described as a small-calibre weapon — and hiding it.
The pistol was later found by police.
No charges have been filed against Triggs.