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More details released in weekend pursuit

Posted: 11:33 AM, Jul 02, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-02 12:33:13-04

Abbeville Police have released more details in this weekend’s arrest of two men in a stolen vehicle. 

Yesterday, we reported about a high-speed chase that started in Abbeville and ended in a Lafayette crash. 

Today, Abbeville Police tell us what the connection was to an Abbeville homicide. 

The investigation started yesterday when police received information that a person in a black Tahoe was trying to sell a gun that had been used in a recent homicide, a release from the department states. 

So far, there’s no verification of that allegation, Chief Bill Spearman said. The tipster said the gun was used to kill someone, but that won’t be verified until the evidence is processed by the Acadiana Crime Lab, he said. 

"Just about everything we recovered from that vehicle was stolen," the chief said. "We’ve sent it all to the Acadiana Crime lab for processing."

As soon as the results are back, Spearman said his officers will get warrants as indicated by the evidence. 

Abbeville Officers following up on the tip about the gun found the Tahoe Sunday afternoon, and so they ran the license plate. It came back to a Tahoe that had been stolen in Lafayette, the release states.

Officers tried to stop the vehicle, but the driver of the Tahoe fled. The officers chased the Tahoe from Abbeville to Erath, north onto Verot School Road and into Lafayette Parish, the release states. The Tahoe crashed with one vehicle on Ambassador Caffery Parkway, then tried to elude officers in a parking lot. The Tahoe crashed into a second vehicle, and then into a pole on Kaliste Saloom Road. The two men inside got out of the Tahoe and fled on foot, the release states.

Lafayette and Abbeville police officers ran them down, the release states. 

Gene Williams III, 21, of Abbeville was booked with resisting an officer, unauthorized use of a vehicle, possession of stolen things, possession of drugs, illegal carrying of a weapon and illegal possession of a stolen firearm. Additional charges are anticipated, the release states. 

Kavan Broussard, 21, of Abbeville was booked with resisting an officer and illegal possession of a stolen firearm.