Investigation being conducted into death of suspect after confrontation at Wal-Mart

Monday, June 11, 2012 - 6:00pm

A Houma Police officer working extra-duty at a Wal-Mart is on paid administrative leave after a weekend incident that resulted in a man’s death.

Officials say that the incident happened on Saturday, June 9 shortly before midnight. We’re told the suspect, Randolph Bonvillian Jr., 42, was inside of the store and allegedly began screaming. The officer located Bonvillian and that’s when the man is said to have become belligerent and violent.

Reports say Bonvillian became physical with the officer and injured his left arm. The officer then called for assistance.

When backup officers arrived Bonvillian continued to fight and caused them injury as well. Reports say the officers “subdued” the suspect, but did not indicate as to what measures they used to do so. The report also indicates that Bonvillian became unresponsive and CPR was performed.

Bonvillian was pronounced dead that evening.

An autopsy is being conducted by the Terrebonne Parish Coroner’s Office. The results of that autopsy have not yet been released.

The incident is currently being investigated by the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office. FOX44 News contacted Sheriff Vernon Bourgeois for more information. He says that he cannot comment because the investigation is ongoing.

Bonvillian did have an outstanding warrant out for his arrest through district court for harassing phone calls.

If you have any information about this investigation, contact the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 876-2500.

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