Opelousas Police arrest man for firing shot at alleged burglar

Posted at 3:38 PM, Jun 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-20 16:38:11-04

Opelousas Police arrested a local man today after he allegedly chased down a man he thinks burglarized his home and fired a warning shot at him.

Jamie Ballard, 34, was booked with illegal use of weapons, a spokeswoman said.

The incident began early Wednesday, the spokeswoman said. Ballard allegedly found a man in his yard, stealing things, the spokeswoman said.

The man ran away, but Ballard allegedly got into his vehicle and drove around trying to find the man, she said. When he found the man he thinks was stealing from him, he fired a warning shot, the spokeswoman said.

Ballard wasn’t on his property when he did that, she said, and so he was arrested. The alleged burglar fled. Police are looking for him at this hour, she said.