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Broussard police capture wanted suspect, schools no longer on lockdown

Posted at 1:47 PM, Nov 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-27 19:21:04-05

Broussard Police say they have captured the wanted suspect who dumped a vehicle in the area Tuesday afternoon.

Broussard Police Chief Brannon Decou said Marcellus Prier, 22, was wanted in Marksville on several warrant for aggravated assault with a gun. He said Prier allegedly had weapons with him in his vehicle during today’s pursuit.

Decou said the pursuit began in Lafayette, when Lafayette City Marshals tried to arrest Prier. Prier led them on a chase, and during the chase his passenger, who has not been identified by police, jumped out of the car on Pinhook, Decou said.

When he got to Broussard, Prier dumped the car he was driving, a white Dodge Charger, in the 300 block of Gustave, Decou said. He then ran, Decou said. While they were searching, police put Broussard’s schools on lockdown. Those lockdowns have been lifted, Decou said.

Officers later found Prier hiding in an abandoned trailer, Decou said. He’s now under arrest.

Decou said that, in addition to his department and Lafayette City Marshals, the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office also assisted in capturing Prier.

“We are all one team, we are all here to make sure we get the criminal element out of our communities; it doesn’t matter whose community it is,” Decou said. “We work together seamlessly to make sure our communities are safe. You can see behind me that there are several agencies here, and that’s what it’s all about.”

Marcellus Prier
Marcellus Prier courtesy Broussard Police Department

There was no immediate threat to the schools, Decou said.