Sunday Shooting in Ponchatoula Leaves One Dead, Three Arrested

Published 12:35 pm Monday, July 4, 2022

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Chief Jimmy Travis reports around 3:00 AM Sunday morning, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office received a distress call regarding a male, identified as 21-year-old Joshua Taylor, suffering from what was described as multiple gunshot wounds while at a residence just outside the city limits of Ponchatoula.
As Taylor was rushed to North Oaks Medical Center in an attempt to save his life, investigators were able to piece together the moments leading up to Taylor being shot. The investigation revealed that a robbery gone wrong led to the shooting and subsequent homicide of Taylor.
Detectives were able to quickly apprehend three suspects, who were charged in relation to the incident:
Breona Johnson (18 year old B/F) of Roseland
(1) count – Second degree murder
(1) count – Contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile
(1) count – Aggravated battery (poisoning)
Devante Collins (24 year old B/M) of Slidell
(1) count – Second degree murder
(1) count – Aggravated assault with a firearm
Also arrested was a 15-year-old female who was discovered to be a runaway from New Orleans. At this time her identity is being withheld, however, she was also charged with:
(1) count – Second degree murder
(1) count – Aggravated battery (poisoning).
**All persons accused of a crime are innocent until proven guilty.