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UPDATE: Suspect in high-speed chase, Franklin homicide identified

Second man arrested for involvement in chase on I-10
Posted: 2:02 PM, Sep 02, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-03 19:50:49-04
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JEFF DAVIS PARISH — Police have released the identity of the man arrested following Monday's high speed pursuit on I-10 and person of interest in a homicide investigation in Franklin. Another man was also arrested for his involvement during the pursuit.

Troopers say that on September 2 they received information from the Franklin Police Department regarding a homicide that occurred in the city limits around 9:00 a.m.

At 9:45 a.m., troopers located a person of interest in the homicide, identified as 36-year-old Trinity Daqwan Coleman, of Franklin, driving a silver Cadillac CTS on I-10 near Crowley in Acadia Parish. Troopers stopped the car, but Coleman allegedly refused to exit.

Coleman then drove off and began traveling west on I-10 resulting in a pursuit. The pursuit reached speeds in excess of 100 mph. As the Cadillac entered Jefferson Davis Parish, troopers deployed spike strips causing the tires to deflate, but Coleman still refused to stop.

After a few minutes, Coleman pulled his vehicle onto the shoulder of I-10 in Welsh where he allegedly began to exchange gunfire with the driver of another vehicle, identified as 57-year-old Clarence Fine Jr. of Jeanerette. Fine was stopped in the westbound lanes of travel.

No one was reportedly struck in the exchange of gunfire.

Coleman then continued traveling west on I-10 and came to a stop on the roadway about three miles west of Welsh and refused to exit the vehicle. After a two and a half hour standoff, Coleman surrendered and was taken into custody.

Coleman was arrested and booked into the Jefferson Davis Parish Jail on a charge of attempted second degree murder and illegal discharge of a weapon. Additional charges are possible.

Fine was arrested and booked into the Jefferson Davis Parish Jail for attempted second degree murder and illegal discharge of a weapon.

Police say Fine was the uncle of the victim in the homicide investigation.

According to State Police, the pursuit lasted approximately 57 minutes. The standoff resulted in the closure of I-10 eastbound and westbound near Welsh for approximately 2 ½ hours. No injuries were reported and one LSP vehicle was damaged during the pursuit.

The Jefferson Davis Sheriff’s Office, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Welsh Police Department assisted.

Franklin Police has not yet released the name of the victim in the homicide investigation.

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State Police say that the suspect that led law enforcement on a high speed chase through multiple parishes is now in custody. That suspect, who has not been identified, is also connected to a homicide investigation that is ongoing in Franklin.

I-10 west and east are now open to traffic following the suspects capture. Louisiana State Police say the man, who was stopped on I-10 West near Lacassine and Welsh, surrendered following a standoff. No injuries were reported in his capture, no other people or children were inside the vehicle.

State Police confirm that the suspect is connected to a homicide investigation in Franklin. KATC's jamie Angelle is at the scene of the investigation in Franklin and will have more from the scene.

Franklin Police confirm that the suspect arrested off I-10 was the suspect in Monday morning's fatal shooting. A 37-year-old woman was identified as the victim. A name has not been released.

Police were called to the scene of Pine and Scottie Street at around 8:45 a.m. September, 2 to call of shots fired. The woman was found a short time later. Neighbors report hearing numerous shots fired in the neighborhood.

A large area has been blocked off as police continue to investigate.

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