CPSO Investigating Shooting

Lake Charles, LA –


Last night at approximately 10:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on North Lake Court Drive in south Lake Charles in reference to trespassing. 


While CPSO Communications deputies were on the phone with the complainant she advised there was a suspect outside the home refusing to leave.  The complainant then stated after the suspect attempted to gain entry into their home, her husband had shot the man. 


When deputies arrived on scene they immediately rendered medical aid until emergency medical personnel arrived.  The victim, Joseph Tezeno, 21, Lake Arthur, was pronounced dead at the scene.  


“This is a sad and tragic situation for both families involved.  Mr. Tezeno was a good kid that attended college locally.  Unfortunately Tezeno was believed to be under the influence and his actions, attempting to gain entry to the home more than once, caused the homeowner to fear for his life, at which time he had every right to protect his family and property,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso. 


The investigation is continuing.  Detectives are asking anyone in the area that may have security cameras to please call CPSO at (337) 491-3605.


CPSO Detective Lauren Manuel is the lead investigator on this case.