US Marshals Task Force makes arrest for shooting death of LaPlace man
Published 7:29 pm Tuesday, April 5, 2022
KENNER – On April 5, 2022, Kenner Police obtained a warrant of arrest for Darrin Smith, 32, New Orleans, for the crime of Second-Degree Murder. Shortly after obtaining the arrest warrant US Marshals Task Force members arrested Smith in New Orleans.
Smith, the suspect, who shot 27-year-old Devin Borne from LaPlace, on March 27, 2022, had cooperated with the investigation the night of the shooting in which he provided a statement and claimed self-defense.
It was only recently that an individual who wished to remain anonymous, provided cell phone video of the shooting to the police. The video contradicted Smith’s statement and clearly shows a physical altercation between Borne and Smith. Both, Smith and Borne appear to draw weapons. Borne then takes several steps and backs away from Smith at which time Smith pursues Borne, moves past two individuals who attempt to actively stop him, then shoots Borne.
Smith was taken into custody in New Orleans and booked as a fugitive.
Original Press Release– Kenner Police investigating a shooting
Kenner – On March 27, 2022, at 3:15 AM, Kenner Police responded to a 911 call in reference to a subject shot in a parking lot as he left the business of Mazaj Café located at 3244 Georgia Avenue, Kenner.
Officers arrived on scene and found the victim, a 27-year-old male from LaPlace, shot in the head. The victim was transported to an area hospital and is listed in critical condition and on life support. It was later determined that the victim engaged in an argument with the suspect and the wife of the suspect, in the parking lot. The victim threatened the suspect “that I have something for you” walked away and entered his vehicle.
The suspect walked away and entered his vehicle only to realize that his wife was now engaged in a verbal argument with a group of individuals and the shooting victim, who had now returned from his vehicle.
The suspect now felt his wife’s life may be in danger, armed himself and approached the group. The victim pointed a gun at the suspect at which time the suspect drew his weapon and fired, shooting the victim.
The suspect’s wife immediately called 911 to report the shooting and remained on scene with her husband. Both husband and wife fully cooperated with the investigation.
Two guns were recovered on the scene, one is believed to belong to the victim of the shooting.
There were several witnesses on scene who fled the parking lot at the time of the shooting and we are asking those witnesses to contact Kenner Police to assist police in determining what exactly transpired in the parking lot.
Anyone having any information are asked to contact the Kenner Police at (504) 712-2222 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
Crime tips can also be submitted to the Kenner Police Department website: https://www.kennerpd.com/