Allen Desdunes was acting as an FBI informant months before agents fatally shot him more than two years ago in New Orleans.
The New Orleans Advocate reports that the 37-year-old broke off contact with the FBI after helping the bureau with its investigation of a local heroin ring.
Desdunes was in contact with the FBI on a daily basis before he apparently backed out of a deal that would have kept him out of jail after getting busted with several thousand dollars worth of heroin in his car.
The revelations are part of a lawsuit by the Desdunes family that claims he “did nothing to provoke” the deadly shooting.
The FBI and New Orleans police converged on a Motel 6 on June 30, 2013, after believing that Desdunes was selling drugs from the hotel.
The lawsuit claims that Desdunes was killed after two unmarked cars rammed their vehicle into his car.
“Seconds later a gunshot or gunshots were fired,” according to the lawsuit.