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Rayne man shoots off brother’s middle finger during dispute

Posted at 12:47 PM, May 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-13 14:56:35-04

The Abbeville Police Department says that a man has been arrested for attempted second-degree murder after they say he shot off his brother’s middle finger during a dispute.

On Saturday, police say a man entered the Abbeville Police Department holding his left hand and stating that someone had tried to kill him and shot his finger off.

Police observed that the man’s middle finger was barely connected to his left hand.

The man drove himself to Abbeville General Hospital followed by officers for treatment. There, officers spoke with the man regarding the incident.

During the interview, the victim stated that his adoptive brother, 29-year-old Freddy Douglas of Rayne, had allegedly tried to kill him.

Freddy Douglas
Courtesy Abbeville Police Dept.

The victim allegedly told police that the incident stemmed from ongoing threats made by Douglas due to their father’s social security money. Police say the victim was getting into his vehicle at his home when Douglas stood in front of the vehicle and threatened to shoot him.

Douglas allegedly then took out a handgun and fired off several rounds into the vehicle striking the victim in the hand before fleeing.

Officers say that during the investigation they learned that Douglas was at Lafayette General Hospital. He claimed that the victim had tried to run him over.

A subsequent investigation into the incident found that Douglas allegedly fired at the victim while the victim was passing him in his vehicle.

An arrest warrant was obtained for Douglas and executed upon his release from Lafayette General.

Douglas was transported to the Abbeville Police Department where he was booked on a charge of Attempted 2nd-degree murder. Douglas is currently housed at the Vermilion Parish Correctional Center.