From the May 7, 2009 Houma (La.) Today:
HOUMA — An armed burglary that ended with a homeowner’s brother fatally shooting a suspect was preceded by a rash of similar crimes in the area, deputies said.
About 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, two brothers who live in the 400 block of West Main Street discovered a pair of men — one of whom was armed with a BB gun — who had broken into one of the men’s garage.
The homeowner, Chris Derocher, and his brother, Bryan Derocher, live on the same property in separate homes.
Bryan Derocher called his sibling that evening when he saw two men walking around the property, deputies said.
When Chris Derocher, who was away from home, arrived, he noticed his garage window was damaged and a motion-sensor light inside the garage was turned on, deputies said.
Chris Derocher and his brother, who was armed with a handgun, opened the garage door and found the two men inside, deputies said.
One of the suspects, Terry Hayes, 34, brandished the BB gun at the men, and Bryan Derocher fired two shots, one of which struck Hayes in the torso.
Hayes died at the scene, deputies said.
Hidalgo said Hayes’ BB gun was indistinguishable from an actual gun.
The other burglary suspect, Charles Mouton, 42, of Thibodaux, was held at gunpoint by Bryan Derocher until deputies arrived.
Hayes had previously been arrested for armed robbery, theft, burglary, illegal possession of stolen goods and illegal carrying of a firearm, among other charges, deputies said.
Mouton had similar arrest history.