Crime

Authorities: 4 Fort Polk soldiers arrested after another shooting involving ‘so-called gangs’

DeRidder, LA (KPLC) – A report of shots fired on W. Eighth Street in DeRidder Monday night was another incident between “so-called gangs,” authorities in Beauregard and DeRidder said.

No one was hit, but one person was treated at a hospital after being cut by broken glass as they escaped the gunfire through a window, according to a joint news release from Beauregard Sheriff Mark Herford and DeRidder Police Chief Craig Richard.

Herford confirmed that the four men arrested are soldiers stationed at Fort Polk: Tavon M. Williams, 19, Joshua D. Galloway VI, 24, Trevian J. Cherry, 23, and Quazier T. Watterson, 19.

DeRidder police received the call of shots fired around 11:25 p.m. Monday.

Herford and Richard said the shooting is believed to be the latest from “so-called gangs” and followed the arrests in Leesville on Monday of two juveniles, who are accused of shooting at the same residence on Sept. 11, 2021.

”I don’t want to give them any street credit by actually calling them a gang, but they are a tight-knit group of people, young people primarily, that are committing violent acts here in Beauregard Parish and in the city of DeRidder,” said Beauregard Sheriff Mark Herford.

After Monday night’s incident, witnesses gave information of a suspect vehicle, which was located in Leesville a short time later, Herford and Richard said.

Five weapons were found in the suspect vehicle; also found in the vehicle were spent shell casings that matched casings from the scene, they said.

DeRidder resident Jerry Whittington compares what’s happening in DeRidder to the Chicago area.

”They just doing drive-bys and shoot each other for the fun of it, and it’s all street gang-related in Chicago. I mean, the police can’t keep up with it,” Whittington said.

While the investigation continues, local law enforcement is asking everyone to do their part.

”We need the parents to help us. We need the parents to be mindful of where their children are at night, who they’re associating with and what they’re doing,” Herford said.

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The four occupants of the vehicle were booked into the Vernon Parish Jail, and are to be transported to the Beauregard Parish Jail. No bond has been set.

Tavon M. Williams, 19, of Fort Polk: Criminal conspiracy to commit attempted armed robbery; aggravated assault with a firearm; illegal use of weapons or other dangerous instrumentalities; aggravated criminal damage to property.

Joshua D. Galloway VI, 24, of Fort Polk: Criminal conspiracy to commit attempted armed robbery; aggravated assault with a firearm; illegal use of weapons or other dangerous instrumentalities; aggravated criminal damage to property.

Trevian J. Cherry, 23, of Fort Polk: Criminal conspiracy to commit attempted armed robbery; aggravated assault with a firearm; illegal use of weapons or other dangerous instrumentalities; aggravated criminal damage to property.

Quazier T. Watterson, 19, of Fort Polk: Criminal conspiracy to commit attempted armed robbery; aggravated assault with a firearm; illegal use of weapons or other dangerous instrumentalities; aggravated criminal damage to property.

Written by Johnathan Manning and Madison Glaser

Categories: Crime

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