****FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE****
On Saturday, September 11th, 2021, at approximately 1:30 AM, the DeRidder Police received a report of shots fired in the 500 block of West 8th Street. On arrival, Officers learned a vehicle approached a residence and there was an exchange of gunfire between those at the residence and the vehicle. Officers learned at least one residence and one vehicle across the street were struck by stray bullets. There were no injuries.
The investigation revealed that a group of juveniles from Leesville had fought a group of juveniles from DeRidder the night before at the football game in DeRidder.
The juveniles from DeRidder left the ball game and went to the residence on West 8th Street. The juveniles from Leesville met up at a fast food restaurant in DeRidder and decided to drive by the residence at West 8th Street, resulting in the gunfire exchange.
The DeRidder Police and Beauregard Sheriff’s Department have been investigating several shootings and other criminal gang activity in the past several months. These incidents are a result of these self-proclaimed gangs from DeRidder, Leesville, and Alexandria committing acts against each other as well as innocent citizens. This type of criminal gang activity will not be tolerated in our City and Parish.
This weekend’s investigation resulted in multiple search warrants on residences with the seizure of 8 firearms and the arrest of six juveniles and three adults. More arrests are expected.
Quantavious D. Williams, 19 years old, of Leesville, was arrested in Vernon Parish for Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Illegal Use of Weapon or Dangerous Instrumentalities and Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Assault with a Firearm. No bond has been set at this time.
Thea Hall, 39 years old, of DeRidder, was arrested for Contributing to the Delinquency of Minors and for Letting a Disorderly Place. No bond has been set at this time.
Ashunti Baggett, 19 years old, of DeRidder, was arrested for Contributing to the Delinquency of Minors, Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Illegal Use of Weapon or Dangerous Instrumentalities, and Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Assault with a Firearm. No bond has been set at this time.
The six juveniles have been arrested for crimes of Illegal Use of Weapon or Dangerous Instrumentalities, Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property, Aggravated Assault with a Firearm, Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Illegal Use of a Weapon, and Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Assault with Firearm.
Chief Craig Richard and Sheriff Mark Herford have dedicated a task force to investigate this criminal gang activity. Protecting the citizens of DeRidder and Beauregard Parish against these so-called gangs will remain a top priority for our Departments. This task force has every resource available to investigate and arrest those involved to eliminate this criminal activity. There will be a zero-tolerance approach when it comes to protecting our communities.