A teenager has been arrested in connection with a 2018 homicide investigation.
According to Eunice Chief of Police Randy Fontenot, a 17-year-old suspect was taken into custody by Lake Charles police for the charge of First Degree Murder and Aggravated Burglary. The arrest stems from the December 27, 2018 incident that claimed the life of Scott Daville of Eunice.
Fontenot says that an arrest warrant was obtained by the Eunice Police Department after an important piece of evidence was obtained last week. Scott was shot after he discovered someone inside of his vehicle before going to work. The suspect arrested is from the Lake Charles area and was 16 at the time of the shooting.
Lake Charles Police say that on Monday December 9, 2019, the department’s K-9 and SWAT divisions conducted an investigation in reference to attempting to locate the suspect. At around 11:00am, Lake Charles Police arrested the suspect in the 1300 block of St. Mary Street.
In addition to the Aggravated Burglary and 1st Degree Murder warrant, out of Eunice, the juvenile suspect is receiving charges of Illegal Possession of a firearm, Possession of a Firearm in a gun free zone, Possession of CDS 1 (Marijuana), and Possession of a stolen vehicle.
The suspect's identity is being withheld pending court proceedings, according to police. That 17-year-old is in Eunice Police custody.
“This murder hit our community hard and touched the lives of many people”, Chief Fontenot said. “It took nearly an entire year, but now the family may begin to have some closure.”
The case was featured on a St. Landry Parish Crime Stoppers segment and we thank St. Landry Crime Stoppers for their assistance.
The Eunice Police Department provided a statement form the Daville family.
“On behalf of the Daville family, we would like to thank the Eunice Police Department, the State Police, the Eunice City Marshall's Office, and law enforcement agencies in the surrounding areas for working diligently to seek justice for Scott Daville. Thank you to Sgt. Robert Brickley for never giving up, his passion for his profession, and his compassion for our family. It has been a long process, but we have been hopeful for justice. Thank you to our community for the kindness you have shown to our family, and for the relentless prayers. We are forever thankful. Our God is faithful and just.”