APR 25, 2017
BRUSLY, Louisiana — A police officer recently resigned from the town’s police department after showing up and losing her cool at a police call involving her brother.
Body camera footage from the Addis Police Department shows Shellie Maranto, a former desk officer in Brusly, shouting profanities about her sister-in-law and threatening to kill her brother’s estranged wife while waving her town-issued gun in the air and dressed in her police uniform.
The incident occurred around 5 p.m. March 31 while officers from Addis and Brusly were responding to a domestic dispute between Maranto’s brother and his wife at a local business where the couple worked.
Maranto, who was initially hired by the Brusly Police Department to serve as a school resource officer, showed up on the scene after responding officers had moved her brother from site of the dispute.
They were gathered outside another business next door.
“It definitely put a black eye on all of us,” Brusly Police Chief Jonathan LeFeaux said of Maranto’s behavior as shown in the body cam footage. “She was a model officer her four years with the department. She just lost her cool and lost her career.”
The West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office had launched a criminal investigation into the incident at the request of Maranto’s sister-in-law.
But Col. Richie Johnson, spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office, said Tuesday the investigation was suspended April 11 after the sister-in-law decided not to pursue criminal charges against Maranto.
“I’m of the opinion it was an administrative issue for the police department to deal with and not criminal anyway,” Johnson said. “The victim told me she never even heard what she said. She found out later when someone else told her what (Maranto) did.”
Maranto did not return phone calls Tuesday seeking comment.
In body cam footage The Advocate obtained Tuesday from the Sheriff’s Office, Maranto is seen speeding in her SUV onto the parking lot of a next-door business where officers had detained her older brother as they investigated the dispute he was having with his estranged wife.
Maranto is seen hopping out of her vehicle and launching into an expletive-filled rant fueled by her rage over her sister-in-law calling the cops on her brother. At one point in the footage Maranto waves her gun in the air and shouts, “I’m going to kill her!”
She resigned from the Brusly Police Department three days later, after LeFeaux told her the Town Council would likely vote that she be fired for her behavior.
“Unfortunately incidents such as this are going to happen in any profession, no matter what type of controls are instituted to prevent them,” LeFeaux said in a prepared statement. “We as police officers must honor society’s calls for these matters to be handled swiftly.”