U.S. Marshals help in arrest after LaPlace shooting

Published 3:39 pm Sunday, June 1, 2014

LAPLACE — St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives and U.S. Marshals arrested a LaPlace man last week implicated in the shooting of a teenager on Cartier Drive May 27.

Sheriff’s office detectives arrested and booked Demario Harris, 23, of English Colony Drive in LaPlace at 1:33 p.m. Thursday in connection with a shooting in the 1500 block of Cartier Drive.

Over the course of the investigation, detectives identified Harris as the suspect and obtained a warrant for his arrest.

With the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, authorities arrested Harris in Metairie on a judicial court ordered arrest warrant.

Harris was booked with attempted second-degree murder, illegal use of a weapon, aggravated assault with a firearm and aggravated criminal damage to property.

He remains in jail in lieu of an $875,000 bond and a Louisiana Probation and Parole detainer.

Harris has two prior arrests for first-degree robbery and criminal trespassing.

Authorities began investigating the case at 4:26 p.m. May 27 when deputies responded to the intersection of Cartier Drive and Heather Lane in LaPlace after a report of gunshots heard in the area.

When deputies arrived, the mother of a shooting victim told deputies her son was shot and brought to River Parish Hospital. He was later transferred to a New Orleans area hospital for additional treatment for a gunshot wound in his right lower back.

His condition is unknown, according to authorities.

“The 19-year-old male victim and a 20-year-old male acquaintance were with a group of people near a residence in the 1500 block of Cartier Drive,” a release from the sheriff’s office said. “A verbal altercation ensued with another group of individuals, and a male subject from that group shot in the direction of the victim and his acquaintance as they ran to the rear of a residence.”

The victim was shot, and the male acquaintance brought him to River Parish Hospital.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting is encouraged to call the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office TIPS line at 985-359-TIPS or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.