Gun drawn after family argument

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 22, 2010



LAPLACE – St. John the Baptist Parish authorities arrested a Reserve man on attempted second-degree murder charges Saturday after he shot and wounded his sister’s boyfriend during a domestic dispute.

The 19-year-old victim is listed in stable condition at University Hospital in New Orleans after being shot in the back and thigh by Anthony Davis, 22, of Melius Drive, said Capt. Dane Clement, public information officer for the Sheriff’s Office. Clement said Davis was arrested at his home around 9:30 p.m. Saturday, just after the shooting took place.

The shooting stemmed from an argument between Davis and his 17-year-old sister that occurred just after 8 p.m. Saturday at the Davis’ home in the 100 block of Melius Drive, Clement said. The sister had called police to complain that her brother assaulted her.

“She told deputies that Davis choked her,” Clement said. “He had left the home before deputies arrived.”

According to a Sheriff’s Office release on the incident, the sister locked the residence after Davis left and later called her boyfriend to come get her and two children she was babysitting. Davis returned to the home just before 9:30 p.m. and was at the front door when the boyfriend arrived.

“When her boyfriend attempted to get to the residence, Davis pushed him back toward his car,” Clement said. “The boyfriend retreated toward his car, and Davis pursued him.”

Clement said Davis fired several shots at the boyfriend’s vehicle, and the boyfriend was struck twice. The victim fled the area in his car, but a passenger in the car eventually assumed driving. He was taken to River Parishes Hospital in LaPlace and was transferred to University Hospital in New Orleans, where he is in stable condition.

Davis was booked into the Sherman Walker Correctional Facility in LaPlace, where he is being held on a $200,000 bond.

The incident is still under investigation. Anyone with information regarding the shooting should call St. John detectives at 985-359-8769.