Lafayette officers cleared in fatal shooting

LAFAYETTE (AP) — A grand jury has cleared the Lafayette Police Department officers involved in a fatal shooting last year of a man wanted in a string of Louisiana bank robberies.

In a grand jury report, Assistant District Attorney Cynthia Simon said the panel heard the case presented by the District Attorney’s Office in Thomas Helvik’s death. Simon says the jurors determined there wasn’t “evidence of a criminal act by the Lafayette Police Officers who responded.

Police say Helvik, of Port Allen, was the prime suspect in at least five robberies from Alexandria to Broussard last year.

He was shot and killed by Lafayette police officers after a Sept. 28 chase through south Lafayette.

The shooting was investigated by state police.

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