Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Killing of Vivian attorney John Morneau ruled 'lawful'


John Morneau
 Miller County Prosecuting Attorney Carlton D. Jones has said that the Miller County Sheriff’s Sergeant who shot and killed Vivian attorney John Morneau last October acted in a reasonable and lawful manner.
The investigation by Arkansas State Police revealed that three Arkansas Wildlife agents and the Deputy Sheriff went into the woods to serve a misdemeanor warrant on Morneau, who had been involved in a dispute with a neighboring hunting club. He believed that the hunting club members were trespassing on his land.
The coroner initally said that Morneau had been shot in the back, but changed his ruling a few days later.
The officers said that Morneau pulled a pistol on them so they shot and killed him.
Daniel Keele of Shreveport, attorney for the Morneau family, said that Jones’ opinion “affects only the criminal aspects of this matter, for which he is responsible under Arkansas law. The scope and breadth of any civil action far exceeds the focus of the Arkansas inquiry.”
Keele goes on to say “Although it has been six months since
Jean (John) Morneau was lured into Arkansas, our independent investigation has turned up numerous facts and substantial evidence. We will not be commenting piecemeal on individual aspects of the official investigation or that which we have underway.”
I will be following this as the civil aspect is pursued.  Unanswered questions still abound in this case.
Here are the original blog posts from My Bossier.
Vivian attorney, 2nd amendment advocate, killed by law enforcement officers
Serious questions raised about John Morneau shooting

10 comments:

  1. just read that story in the inquisiter for this week. like the wild west there are a lot of better ways to have served those warrants other than hiding in the bushes for an ambush. shame human life had to be lost in this thing.

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  2. I read the inquisitor also. When something like this happens we always have several people trying to second guess the police. Most people who knew Morneau probably knew him as a nice guy. But from the testimony of the witness tells another story. That's what the officers' had to go by. Remember Morneau was the one constable tearing up their deer stand and firing bullets in their directions.
    I'm a 2nd amendment advocate myself but I don't know if anyone who runs around with a western style gun belt with two 45 cal. pistols strapped to my side.
    Would the story had been different if Morneau would have been able to get off a shot at the officers.
    Most people say if they just would have gone to his office and served the warrants then he would have complied. My question to those people is how do they know that he would have complied. Those people were unaware of all that had taken place with this situation over the past few years.
    Morneau could have complied just as easily in the woods as he could have his office. Morneau chose to challenge the police and he died as a result. Just don't blame the police. To call them assassin as the Inquisitor has done is completely irresponsible.

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  4. "Assassin" may indeed be inappropriate. Grossly incompetent would be more accurate. The plan to lure John Morneau to an hunting area where anyone (not just Morneau) would be expected to have a gun was destined for disaster. Any objective person can see that. In addition, John Morneau was hard of hearing. Anyone that would have taken the time to talk to him (rather than shoot him) would have known that.

    Instead, officers (not in uniform) with guns pointed, called out to him from cover in an area where he had previously been assaulted.

    Anyone that says the law officers involved were competent, is therefore suggesting that they knew what they were doing. To suggest that would be to suggest that they intended to kill Morneau. There is no evidence to suggest this. There is plenty to suggest they were incompetent.

    Anyone that says that John Morneau was dangerous has to contend with one inconvenient fact. In 71 years on earth, John Morneau never killed anyone. Even while he lay bleeding to death over the course of several minutes, he never fired one shot.

    Bottomline: You don't need ambush someone in the woods, where there are no objective witnesses, in order to serve some papers.

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    1. That's exactly right,my wife's ex husband was ambushed like this on a dark country road with men running towards his car so he gased it, so they shot him twice in the head and nearly killing him. He is forever crippled and spent 6 months in jail writing with a pencil in his mouth and having cell mates clean his ass on a attempted murder charge on a cop bc he hit one when he lost control when he was shot,needless to say judge leon Emmanuel set him free and advised him to file civil suit and we did and lost, there was never no chance to win that either all bc the judges are paid and as corrupted as the shreveport bossier cops..END OF SENTENCE

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    2. Her attorney asked for the clothing wore by the undercover and they sent a SWAT uniform and they sent it back saying nope they were in unmarked black jogging outfits..

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    3. Also the cop that was barely grazed by his car also sued there insurance.

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    4. Also the cop that was barely grazed by his car also sued there insurance.

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    5. Her attorney asked for the clothing wore by the undercover and they sent a SWAT uniform and they sent it back saying nope they were in unmarked black jogging outfits..

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    6. That's exactly right,my wife's ex husband was ambushed like this on a dark country road with men running towards his car so he gased it, so they shot him twice in the head and nearly killing him. He is forever crippled and spent 6 months in jail writing with a pencil in his mouth and having cell mates clean his ass on a attempted murder charge on a cop bc he hit one when he lost control when he was shot,needless to say judge leon Emmanuel set him free and advised him to file civil suit and we did and lost, there was never no chance to win that either all bc the judges are paid and as corrupted as the shreveport bossier cops..END OF SENTENCE

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