Evangeline Parish Sheriff Charles Guillory has confirmed that the man arrested Saturday and accused of shooting a Mangham Police Officer is also accused in the "chipmunk" robbery.
In that case, a man wearing a chipmunk costume robbed a Ville Platte pharmacy. According to Guillory, the suspect was identified early on and State Police and US Marshals were called in to help find him. Guillory said his identity wasn't released, because it was hoped that he could be captured if he didn't realize police had identified him.
But they had - and he also is accused in another armed robbery of a pharmacy in north Louisiana - and he's now under arrest, accused of shooting a Mangham Police Officer.
The officer, Officer Marshall Waters, is responding to commands and his vitals are stable today, Mangham Police said in a post on their Facebook page. They ask that everyone "keep the prayers coming."
Here's a picture of the officer:
Accused in the robberies and the shooting is Hermandus Dashanski Semien, 27, of Ville Platte.
The shooting happened Saturday afternoon near the Franklin/Richland parish line, according to a release from the Franklin Parish Sheriff's Office.
Waters, who works part time as a policeman and also works as an EMT, had pulled Semien's vehicle over. Semien is accused of shooting Waters in the abdomen; the bullet hit Waters' body below his safety vest.
A couple hours later, the vehicle that Waters had pulled over was spotted, crashed near Fort Necessity, deputies say. They found Semien nearby and although he allegedly was armed he was arrested without incident, deputies say.
Semien was booked with attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, armed robbery and theft of a motor vehicle.
Here's a picture of Semien:
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