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Murder suspect captured in Kaplan

Posted at 5:41 PM, Jan 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-17 18:42:18-05

The Kaplan Police Department has arrested a man wanted in connection with a fatal December shooting.

With the help of the US Marshals Service and the Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Office, Kaplan Police apprehended Gary Lee Sellers Jr. this afternoon, Chief Joshua Hardy says. No one was injured, he said.

According to KPD, on Dec. 29, officers received a complaint of a stolen vehicle from a local gas station. Members of the vehicle owner's family located the stolen car in the McDonald's parking lot, where two of the individuals exited their own vehicle and approached the stolen car. One then opened fire on the stolen vehicle, hitting the person inside.

The driver of the stolen vehicle then left the parking lot and crashed in the parking lot of a nearby gas station. That driver was later pronounced dead at an area hospital from gunshot wounds.

Two suspects, the driver and a relative who exited the vehicle with the shooter, were arrested and booked on charges of Principal to 2nd Degree Murder.

Since the shooting, detectives have actively been looking for Sellers, who they described as armed and dangerous.