LaPlace juvenile linked to stolen firearm, gunshots

Published 12:05 am Wednesday, June 7, 2017

LAPLACE — Police arrested one juvenile after LaPlace neighbors said he was shooting guns, one of which was stolen, in the air in broad daylight.

Following the Friday complaint, St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the 2500 block of Cambridge Drive in LaPlace, quickly locating a subject fitting the description of one of the suspects riding a bicycle southbound in the 2800 block of Concordia Drive.

“As deputies attempted to make contact, the suspect jumped off the bicycle,” a Sheriff’s Office release said. “As the suspect attempted to flee on foot, officers observed a semi automatic firearm protruding from his waistband. The suspect then stopped and retrieved the gun from his waistband, tossed it into the grass and surrendered to deputies.”

Police identified the suspect as a 16-year-old male from LaPlace. An inquiry of the serial number showed the firearm stolen out of Baton Rouge.

Police said a second suspect fled the area, and deputies were unable to locate him.

On Tuesday, police said further investigation indicated the second juvenile subject was not involved in the shooting.

The arrested juvenile was booked with illegal use of weapons, possession of a firearms with an obliterated number, illegal possession of a handgun by a juvenile and illegal possession of a stolen firearm.

The teen was transferred to the Terrebonne Parish Juvenile Center.