A 26-year-old Houma man charged in the fatal shooting at a Houma apartment complex last week has also been linked to a July police-involved shooting, authorities said.
Darrell Scott Jr., 26, was charged Tuesday with the second-degree murder of 22-year-old Damon Walls on Aug. 30, authorities said.
State Police announced today that Scott has also been charged with principal to illegal use of a firearm in connection to a July 14 shooting involving the Houma Police Department during the aftermath of Hurricane Barry.
Also charged in connection to the July shooting is Hezekiah Williams, 20, police said. Williams is charged with principal to illegal use of a firearm and obstruction of justice.
While conducting Hurricane Barry damage assessments around 2 p.m. July 14 in the West Main Street area, police started hearing gunfire, authorities said.
Police said some of the gunshots were “extremely close” to the officers and “whizzed” by them.
Officers saw shots being fired from an approaching burgundy sedan and began returning fire, police said.
Scott and Williams were developed as suspects during the course of the investigation, State Police said. They were booked into the Terrebonne Parish jail. Williams is being held on a $210,000 bond, and Scott’s bond was set at $1.3 million.
A warrant had also been issued for Scott’s arrest following the homicide, police said.
Deputies and detectives were called out around 11:38 a.m. to The Landing Apartments at 1803 Martin Luther King Blvd. to investigate reports of shots being fired, authorities said.
When deputies arrived at the complex, they could not locate a victim but found evidence that a shooting had taken place, the Sheriff’s Office said. Multiple bullet casings were recovered, a truck sustained bullet holes and there were blood stains on the parking lot, authorities said.
The Sheriff’s Office then received a call that a man was at a local hospital who had suffered from gunshot wounds, authorities said. Deputies went to the hospital and identified the gunshot victim as Wallis, who was later pronounced dead.
Deputies determined the shooting was connected to a drug-related robbery, the Sheriff’s Office said. An additional suspect, Jordan Ray, 19, was arrested on the day of the shooting and was charged with illegal discharge of a firearm, aggravated criminal damage to property and possession of a stolen firearm.
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