DONALDSONVILLE, LA — Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley reports the death of a Donaldsonville man following a burglary investigation.
Around 4:00 a.m. on Feb. 16, Sheriff’s deputies respond to a 911 call from a home Donaldsonville where it was reported that a man dove head first through a closed glass window and landed on an occupant of the home who was in bed.
The fiance' of the woman who lived at the home armed himself with a stick to defend him and his fiancé’. When deputies arrived on scene they attempted to take the suspect into custody but due to continued resistance, the deputies tased the suspect, Charmin Bennett, 30, of Donaldsonville.
Despite being tased Bennett continued to resist arrest.
Police say at one point he even tried to jab deputies with floor fan. As the suspect continued to resist, a second deputy deployed a taser, again striking the suspect in the abdomen. However, the suspect continued to resist and had to be physically restrained and handcuffed. Bennett was finally subdued.
Acadian Ambulance was called. Bennett went into cardiac arrest on the way to hospital. Deputies say due to his behavior and statements that he was making indicated Bennett was under the influence of cocaine.
Bennett’s criminal history revealed he has been arrested in the past for attempted rape, multiple burglaries, a number of disturbing the peace, resisting arrest and theft.
The deceased’s body has been taken to the coroner’s facility for an autopsy where toxicology testing will be conducted and medical cause of death determined.