Two Insurance Fraud Investigators Found Dead

By: AP
By: AP

VILLE PLATTE, La. - Louisiana State Police say a SWAT team has found an insurance agent dead in his business where two state fraud investigators were shot and killed.

State Police Superintendent Michael Edmonson said Tuesday night
that John Melvin Lavergne's body was found after a robot was sent
in to take pictures. Police say Lavergne had barricaded himself in
the business after the shooting.

At about 1 p.m., veteran investigators Rhett Jeansonne and Kim
Sledge were killed.

More than 100 officers including a SWAT team and negotiators had
surrounded the business in the small city of about 8,000 some 70
miles west of Baton Rouge.

The fraud department in 2009 fined Lavergne's Insurance Agency
$16,500 and suspended his license for six months. The department
determined Lavergne provided fraudulent proofs of vehicle
insurance.


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