Opelousas police chief, other officer charged with obstruction of justice

UPDATE: Opelousas Police Chief Graig LeBlanc turned himself in on Monday at 4:39 p.m., according to the St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz.

He was processed and bonded out at 5:25 p.m.

Detectives said they have been in contact with Officer Abrams’ attorney, who said he is set to turn himself in on Wednesday.

ORIGINAL STORY: OPELOUSAS, La. (KLFY) — Opelousas Police Chief Graig LeBlanc and another member of the OPD will be arrested and charged with obstruction of justice and other charges related to the shooting of LeBlanc and his wife Crystal on Dec. 22, authorities said.

LeBlanc, 45, will be charged with failure to assist, obstruction of justice, and malfeasance in office, all felonies, and Tyrone Abrams, 49, is charged with principal to obstruction of justice and malfeasance in office, according to St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz.

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Guidroz said LeBlanc plans to turn himself in Tuesday morning. He also told News 10 this is a difficult warrant to serve.

“This is hard, this is very difficult for me as a friend,” Guidroz explained. “As the sheriff, doing this is my job. Again, this is not something that I’m happy about doing, but people look up to us to do our job and that’s what we are going to do.”

Graig LeBlanc was shot in the hand and Crystal LeBlanc was shot in the arm outside the home of Savannah Butler, an Opelousas Police officer, as a result of a domestic incident.

LeBlanc and his wife, who is a captain with the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office, were shot at Butler’s home on Garnet Drive just outside the city limits of Opelousas. Guidroz said Crystal LeBlanc went to the home to speak to her husband who was inside and knocked on the door. Graig LeBlanc then walked outside and the two began arguing. Butler then entered the doorway armed with a gun.

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When Graig LeBlanc put his hand out in front of the weapon to retrieve the gun, he was shot in the hand. The bullet then traveled through the chief’s hand and hit his wife Crystal in the arm.

Authorities said Butler cleaned up the scene to cover up evidence prior to notifying the Sheriff’s Office, which constituted obstruction of justice. Detectives said they found probable cause to issue a trespass summons to Crystal LeBlanc for entering Butler’s property.

Crystal LeBlanc and Officer Butler were placed on administrative leave by their respective agencies pending the completion of the investigation.

Butler turned herself in to the St. Landry Parish jail Jan. 1, posted a $22,000 bond and was released, authorities said.

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