Miss. fugitive gunned down by Fla. deputies

Published 11:01 pm Tuesday, April 21, 2009

An autopsy has shown that a man killed by sheriff’s deputies in north Florida was a Mississippi fugitive twice featured on “America’s Most Wanted” for allegedly beating to death his mother.

St. John’s County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Charles E. “Chuck” Mulligan says 52-year-old Rodney Joseph Lasseigne was identified from dental and fingerprint records.

Three deputies responding to a call early Saturday about a stolen semi saw the Toyota Yaris associated with the Gautier, Miss., man, just off Interstate 95 in rural St. Augustine, Fla.

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They approached the car and opened fire after the man brandished a sawed-off shotgun.

Lasseigne’s mother, 68-year-old Juanita Gibson of Gautier, was beaten to death in July 2008.