Four active duty soldiers assigned to Fort Polk were arrested Tuesday and charged with shooting at a DeRidder house on Monday evening, authorities said.
Tavon M. Williams, 19, Joshua D. Galloway VI, 24, Trevian J. Cherry, 23, and Quazier T. Watterson, 19, have all been charged with criminal conspiracy to commit attempted theft from armed robbery, aggravated assault with a firearm, illegal use of weapons or other dangerous instruments, and aggravated criminal damage to property.
According to a joint statement from the DeRidder Police Department and the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office, the arrests stem from an investigation into a shooting that took place at a home in West 8e Rue around 11:25 p.m. on Monday evening.
According to Police Chief Craig Richard, one person was found injured at the scene, suffering from cuts from broken glass that she received as she walked through a window to escape gunfire. Richard said the victim was taken to Beauregard Health hospital for treatment and has since been released.
Authorities said witnesses at the scene described a suspicious vehicle which was located shortly after in Leesville. Inside the vehicle, investigators located five weapons and used shell casings matching shell casings found at the scene of the shooting.
The four people were held in the parish prison of Vernon where they are held until they can be transported to the parish prison of Beauregard. There is no deposit fixed at the moment.
According to Richard, investigators believe Monday’s shooting is linked to a September 11 shooting at the same residence.
That night, a brawl at a local football game allegedly took place between a group of young people from Leesville and a group of young people from DeRidder. After the fight, authorities said the Leesville miners met at a fast food restaurant in DeRidder and then proceeded to the West 8 residence.e Street where the DeRidder miners had gone, and an exchange of gunfire took place between the groups.
Richard said investigators believed Monday’s shooting may have been in retaliation for the ongoing investigation into the 9/11 shooting, after two other minors were arrested and charged in the incident earlier today. Monday.
Sheriff Mark Herford confirmed that his office was involved in the investigation of the recent shootings, as well as other recent crimes related to “so-called gangs”, and that he was gravely concerned about the increase in activity criminal.
âThis is not who we are as a community. Chief Richard and I, and the men and women in our service, will not tolerate this kind of activity. The consequences of the acts of violence committed will be swift and severe, âHerford said.
A task force has been formed between the two agencies dedicated to ending gang activity, but Herford said he hopes community members will do their part to help end the violence.
âWe have set up Crime Stoppers and our Nixle account to receive tips anonymously and we pay cash for those tips, but I also think it’s important to note that we also need the help of the parents. We need parents to get involved in their children’s lives and know where they are, who they are with and what they are doing, âhe said.
To tip anonymously through Nixle, residents can text their ZIP code to 888777 on their mobile device to set up the free account. From that point on, residents can text their advice to Nixle and remain completely anonymous throughout the process.