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Two arrested in Ville Platte shooting

Posted: 2:03 PM, Sep 13, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-13 15:10:43-04

Ville Platte Police say they have arrested a 16-year-old and 20-year-old in connection with a shooting incident on Edward Knotoe Thomas Street and South Soileau Street.

Police were called September 10, around 7:45 pm to investigate shots fired. Police say a teenage suspect was walking on the street when he exchanged fire with 20-year-old Dequandray Thomas who was in a vehicle with a woman and a one-year-old.

Multiple bullet holes were found in the vehicle following the shoot out. No injures were reported.

The following day, September 11, Ville Platte Police say they arrested the 16-year-old in connection with the shooting. Chief Neil Lartigue says that at the time of the arrest the teen allegedly had a handgun in the front pocket of his pants. The teen was arrested and booked on three counts of attempted first-degree murder, one count of possession of a firearm by a juvenile, and one count of resisting an officer. He remains in police custody.

On Wednesday, police say that Thomas was arrested and booked on charges of attempted second-degree murder. He has been transferred to the Evangeline Parish Jail. Thomas’ bond is set at $100,000.

Dequandray Thomas
Dequandray Thomas courtesy Ville Platte Police Department

An investigation is ongoing.