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UPDATE: Manhunt underway in Lafayette

Posted at 2:00 PM, May 04, 2022

Three people were caught during a manhunt that started this afternoon near Simcoe Street.

It began when a Lafayette Police officer tried to pull over a vehicle that had several people inside. The driver would not pull over, and instead fled from the officer, police say.

Eventually the vehicle stopped, and the people inside ran away, police say. Law enforcement officers were able to catch the driver and two other passengers. Although it was suspected that at least one person in the vehicle is connected to the fatal Opelousas shooting, neither of the three apprehended was that person.

The driver was arrested for fleeing, and the two passengers had active warrants, police say.

Lafayette Police were assisting Louisiana State Police. Troopers say that SWAT, K-9 and "air support" were involved.

One person already has been arrested in connection with the shooting that left a man and a four-year-old girl dead, and three other children wounded.

Felton James Martin of Lafayette was booked with two counts of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted first-degree murder, as well as home invasion and felon in possession of a firearm.

Still wanted is Davieontray Breaux, also of Lafayette. He should be considered armed and dangerous, the chief says. He's wanted on the same charges that Martin was booked with, McLendon says.

To read our story about that, click here.

The funerals for the victims are set for this week. To read about them, click here.