UPDATE: Opelousas Police say suspect Willie R. Williams has been located and taken in custody.
The department was searching for Williams after he fled from police following an incident Thursday night on Mia and Lastrapes Street. Police say Williams, 25, was wanted for illegally discharging a weapon.
Police say officers responded to the scene to investigate and attempted to make contact with the suspect. Williams allegedly fled from police on foot. Officers say they gave chase and that Williams entered an apartment in the area.
Williams allegedly deposited a backpack into the apartment before leaving.
Officers say they were able to secure the apartment and the backpack, but that Williams was able to elude arrest. A .9 mm pistol was allegedly found inside the backpack.
Williams was arrested and will be booked on the following charges:
- Illegal use of a weapon for dangerous instrumentalities
- Resisting an officer
- Violation of a firearm free zone
- Criminal Trespassing