Warrants issued for shooter in Bernice bonfire incident

The Union Parish Sheriff’s Office is seeking two men in connection with a February 19 incident in Bernice where one man was shot and six others injured when they were struck by a vehicle.

Union Parish deputies responded to assist Bernice Police where a group of people had gathered to film a music video at a bonfire event. Two men became involved in a verbal altercation, believed to stem from a prior disagreement over narcotics.

According to witnesses, Tyrone Singleton, 40, of Spearsville, arrived at the bonfire event in search of Willie Singleton, 32, also of Spearsville. Witnesses explained Tyrone Singleton brandished a firearm when he located Willie Singleton. Willie got into his vehicle to flee from Tyrone. Despite multiple ways of egress from his parked position, Willie placed the vehicle into reverse and quickly left the area. During this maneuver, Willie allegedly struck and injured six pedestrians. Each person sustained non-life-threatening injuries, ranging from soft-tissue injuries to a fractured leg.

Eyewitnesses reported that as Willie left the area, they heard multiple gunshots. Deputies located Willie’s vehicle unoccupied in a ditch. Willie was located behind a nearby home, suffering from one gunshot wound to the head. Crime scene deputies recovered more than 10 spent shell casings from a .223 caliber firearm, believed to have been fired by Tyrone at the fleeing Willie. While Tyrone fled the scene, Willie was airlifted to a nearby trauma center, where he was released later the same day.

Warrants have been issued for Tyrone Singleton for attempted second degree murder. Warrants have also been issued for Willie Singleton for six counts of felony hit and run.

Tyrone Lavelle Singleton is described as 6’1” tall, and 260 pounds. Willie Preston Singleton is 5’11” tall and weighs 207 pounds. Both are known to frequent the Spearsville, Junction City, and Bernice areas.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of these persons, please call UPSO at (318) 368-3124. Reference case 23020058.