The parents of an armed Louisiana teen who was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy made a surprising statement following their son's death.
On July 26 at around 11 p.m., Alesia Martes says her son, 17-year-old Devon Martes, was home with her. She got in the shower and when she got out, Devon was gone.
According to police, by 11:30 p.m., Devon had been shot.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said officers were called for reports of two men rolling tires down the street. When they arrived, Devon was chased to a nearby newspaper warehouse, two blocks away from his home in Metairie.
Security video shows the teen raising his gun towards Deputy Dave Dalton. He reportedly tried to fire at the deputy, but his gun malfunctioned. When the teen attempted to fire, Dalton fired six shots, killing Devon.
“Devon Martes pulled the trigger on a gun and tried to kill one of my officers. But for the fact that the gun malfunctioned, I might have a dead officer,” Normand said.
While Devon's parents believe six shots was too many, they acknowledged their son was not a victim.
Devon's father, Glen Parker, told WDSU his son put himself in harm's way and said he does not blame Dalton for doing what he had to do to protect his own life.
“I appreciate that statement. It’s one of the most honest statements that I’ve heard in a long, long time,” Normand said in response to Parker's statement. “It’s probably a very tough statement for that father to say that because he lost his son.”
According to Normand, the teen had a long criminal history, beginning at age 10. His father says he wasn't a bad person, but that he got involved with the wrong crowd. Devon had previously been arrested for shoplifting, distributing drugs and attempted armed robbery.
Devon was one of 11 children. He is the youngest of six sons.
According to his parents, Devon did not have a car. They say they were not sure for what purpose he was stealing rims.
Normand says an investigation into the shooting and the robberies continues.