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Man wanted for Abbeville slaying is arrested in Cottonport

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Posted at 10:26 AM, Apr 07, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-07 14:15:15-04

A man wanted in connection with a fatal March shooting in Abbeville was arrested Wednesday.

Gary Wayne Turner Jr., 23, was arrested after a stand-off in Cottonport, police say. He is wanted in connection with the slaying of Freddy Gomezsoto, 18, of Abbeville.

Wednesday afternoon, Cottonport Police received information on the whereabouts of someone wanted for a shooting in Abbeville. Cottonport Police called for back-up and the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff's Office and Moreauville Police came to help at the house, on Ducote Lane.

Officers saw Turner inside the house, armed with a gun. He wouldn't surrender, deputies say. The sheriff's crisis negotiators made contact with him, and after more than three hours, Turner voluntarily surrendered and was arrested.

Turner allegedly told officers where he left the gun in the residence. A loaded semi-automatic handgun was found in the residence, where Turner said it was.

Abbeville Police booked him into the Avoyelles Parish jail. Police in Abbeville say he was transferred to the Vermilion Parish Correctional Center, where he is being held on a charge of 2nd Degree Murder.

Police say that on March 18, 2022, at around 8:05 p.m. officers of the Abbeville Police Department responded to a “Shots Fired” call on Clover Street near North Bailey Street.

On scene, police found a man with a gunshot wound to his head. The victim identified as 18-year-old Freddy Gomezsoto of Abbeville was transported to an area hospital.

On March 30, 2022, Mr. Gomezsoto died from his injuries.

An investigation determined that Gomezsoto was allegedly shot by Turner.