Murder arrest follows altercation

An altercation in an apparent domestic situation Wednesday has led to one arrest for murder.

The incident occurred at the North Village Apartments on Ruston’s northside. 

Ruston Police responded to the apartments regarding an unresponsive person. Dekelsha Johnson, 21 a resident of the apartment, directed officers to her roommate lying unresponsive inside. 

Emergency medical treatment was administered, and the female was transported to the North Louisiana Regional Medical Center where she was declared deceased shortly after arrival.

The deceased was identified by Ruston PD as 21-year-old Etavia Yvette Davis of Monroe.

After an investigation into the incident, Johnson was arrested on a warrant for second degree murder and booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center.

Bail was set at $1 million.

North Village is a high-end gated community on Timberline Court off East Kentucky Avenue that offers amenities like screened patios and balconies, a pool, and a dog park.

Speculation about the cause of death spread on social media among North Village residents, but no official cause has been released.

The operators of the complex, Fairfield Property Management, distributed a letter about the homicide to each apartment, terming it “an isolated incident and the matter is under police control.” The letter to residents noted management understood “an event like this can be a cause for concern in our peaceful community. It is our understanding that this event was of a domestic nature.”

Fairfield’s letter provided resources for residents “in need of assistance coping with this event.” Included in the list were numbers for the national and local National Alliance on Mental Illness and New Directions Emotional Helpline.

Ruston PD noted in a press release that investigation into the incident is continuing.


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