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Former Deputy City Marshal arrested for domestic violence

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Posted at 3:35 PM, Jun 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-22 17:33:56-04

A former deputy City Marshal for the city of Opelousas has been booked on domestic violence charges.

Roland Shello, 47, of Lafayette, was booked with false imprisonment, simple battery of a dating partner, aggravated assault with a firearm.

Opleousas Police say that on June 20, 2020 at approximately 1:00 A.M. the Opelousas Police Department responded to a complaint in the 1200 block of Cherbourg Street regarding a possible domestic violence issue being reported by a victim’s family member.

The investigation over the next day and a half resulted in investigating officers determining that a female victim had been reportedly involved in a physically abusive relationship with the suspect who was identified as Shello.

Police say it was known at the time of the investigation that Shello was actively employed as a Deputy Marshal by the Opelousas City Marshal’s office. It was reported that at some point between Friday night, June 19, 2020 and early Saturday morning June 20, 2020, the victim was in the presence of Shello during which time she was allegedly physically assaulted, held against her will, and threatened with a handgun.

Warrants were obtained for Shello's arrest for False Imprisonment, Battery on a Dating Partner and Aggravated Assault with a Firearm.

Shello was arrested and taken into custody by the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s office and later transferred to the St. Landry Parish Jail for booking.

Records at the St. Landry Parish jail show he's being held without bond pending a Gwen's Law hearing which is set for Thursday.

City Marshal Paul Mouton said that Shello resigned yesterday while Mouton was still gathering details on the arrest.