Quick arrests follow shooting

Emerald Trace Apartments off South Farmerville Street was the scene of a shooting early Saturday morning, but suspects were arrested quickly by police.

Shortly after 4 a.m. Saturday morning, the Ruston Police Department dispatched officers to the apartments regarding the shooting. A caller reported the assailants left in a champagne-colored Honda, possibly headed to Farmerville. Ruston Police quickly located the alleged suspects leaving the city, making five arrests and the recovering four handguns, including one stolen pistol.

The victim told officers he arrived home and found five men standing outside a Honda Accord near his apartment. He parked nearby and phoned his mother to advise her of the men. He then drove to another part of the apartment complex and the Accord followed him.

The victim said he then drove to his apartment and the men exited the Accord and approached him. The victim’s mother approached and produced a Taser. One of the suspects, identified as Dorian Henderson, produced a pistol and pointed it in the mother’s face. Henderson reportedly said he would shoot the mother if she tased his brother.

The victim, his mother, and his sister ran up the stairs to their apartment. According to the victim, Tahgi Andrews ran up the stairs trying to fight him. Henderson shot at the victim’s car and then at the residence before fleeing in the Accord.

A Ruston officer spotted the suspect vehicle headed north on the Farmerville Highway minutes later. Police conducted a “felony vehicle stop” and took five men into custody. 

During a search of the Honda, officers recovered three 9mm pistols, a .38 Special revolver, and approximately 18 grams of marijuana. A computer check revealed the revolver had been reported stolen in Farmerville.

The men were questioned at the police department before booking at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center.

Arrested were:

–Dorian A. Henderson, 18, three counts of attempted second degree murder, possession of marijuana, possession of a stolen firearm, and possession of a firearm in proximity of a controlled substance

–Jaylin Thomas, 19, of Farmerville, possession of marijuana, possession of a stolen firearm, and possession of a firearm in proximity of a controlled substance

–Tahgi Andrews, 20, of Farmerville, possession of marijuana, possession of a stolen firearm, and possession of a firearm in proximity of a controlled substance

–Keyshawn Burch, 20, possession of marijuana and possession of a firearm in proximity of a controlled substance

No motive for the shooting was mentioned in the reports available to Lincoln Parish Journal.

All the men gave home addresses in Farmerville. Bail amounts were not immediately available.

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named or shown in photographs or video as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 


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