FALLEN LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER: Chitimacha Tribal Police Department Sgt. Rick Riggenbach was shot and killed by Wilbert Thibodeaux after he and two St. Mary’s Parish deputies reported to a mobile home fire on Flattown Road near Charenton, Saturday. The fire was reported near a Chitimacha-owned casino.
Wilbert Thibodeaux reportedly shot Sgt. Rick Riggenbach when he arrived at the scene. Both St. Mary’s Parish deputies were critically wounded. The suspect was shot in the torso and was taken to a hospital but has since been released to the police. When the fire was extinguished, the body of the owner was found in the debris. Wilbert Thibodeaux has a history of mental illness.
Sgt. Rick Riggenbach, who had served with the Chitimacha Tribal Police Department for 15 years, is survived by his wife and two grown children.