Reported by Nigel Boys
Fourteen-year-old Cameron Tillman was allegedly enjoying time with friends in a house that had been unoccupied for at least a year in Houma, Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana when he heard a knock on the door and thought it was someone playing around.
However, when he opened the door, he was faced with an African-American deputy from the Parish who must have thought Tillman was armed and dangerous because he shot him to death.
The unfortunate incident happened in the early evening of September 23 at the abandoned house, which is located about 57 miles southwest of New Orleans, after someone had apparently seen a group of teenagers entering the house and called 911. The caller had allegedly told police that he suspected the kids were there to burglarize the house and at least one of them was carrying a gun.
According to Andre Tillman, the older brother of the deceased high school freshman, who was also present in the house at the time of the shooting, it was impossible that they would burglarize the place because it had stood empty for so long and nothing was inside. He added that when his little brother went to see who was at the door he didn’t have anything in his hands, but the deputy shot him anyway.
Louisiana State Police spokesman Evan Harrell said that the deputy was responding to a 911 emergency call that armed individuals had entered the house in Terrebonne Parish when he encountered Tillman. He added that a weapon had been found “in close proximity” to the body of the deceased 14-year-old and further investigations were underway by the Sheriff’s Office.
Harrell went on to say that three persons had been arrested during the incident and a fifth was being sought by police after he fled the home. The two juveniles that had been detained, along with another 18-year-old, could face possible charges for criminal trespass, he added.
However, Tillman’s relatives are wondering why the deputy chose to shoot the boy dead because they say that he was a very timid young man. They added that he would have been terrified to confront a police officer, especially if he had been holding a gun, which he hadn’t.