Michelle Southern reporting.
The man who killed his son's abductor at the Baton Rouge airport in March of 1984, Gary Plauche, died this week at the age of 68. Jeffrey Doucet was accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting Plauche's son Jody 30-years-ago -- and when the suspect was extradited back to Baton Rouge, Plauche was waiting at the airport then fired a shot.
The incident was caught on camera and Abram McGull was the news photographer.
"I'll never forget what he said when the police officer rushed him," said McGull. "The cops were shouting, 'Why Gary? Why?' and Gary said, 'If it was your son you'd have done the same thing too.'"
Plauche was sentenced to 5 years probation but did not get jail time. The news director of the television station at the time, John Spain, said he didn't think the public wasn't surprised that Plauche just received a suspended sentence.
"This was a high profile case, it was an emotional case and people questioned what they would do themselves in they were in the same position," said Spain. "Largley the public opinion at the time sided with Gary while not agreeing with what he'd done, they understood it."
The son, Jody who was 11 years old at the time, is now an advocate for child victims of sexual assault. McGull, who is a former federal prosecutor, says he found out the video of the incident is being used by the FBI and other law enforcement.
"They use it as a training video as what not to do when escorting a prisoner," said McGull. "I think a lot of security features have been upgraded since this incident."
His family said Plauche died from complications related to a stroke.