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On February 11, 2023, Detectives with the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office responded to the intersection of LA 95 and Jake Ln. in reference to a drive by shooting that took place at that location.  Upon arrival, Detectives observed the scene and noticed that multiple gun shots were fired striking the victim's vehicle numerous times with several bullets almost striking the victim. 

As the investigation continued, it was discovered that the victim, who is an elected official for the City of Mamou witnessed a fight near a bar on 6th street in Mamou that resulted in shots being fired.  As the victim left the area, a relative of one of the subjects involved in the fight on 6th St. (Douglas Fontenot) and an unidentified passenger in the suspect vehicle followed the victim to the intersection of LA 95 and Jake Ln. While at that location shots were fired at the victim's vehicle by the suspects while in transit and immediately fled the area.  Suspect Douglas Fontenot was later identified and arrested for Attempted 1st Degree Murder and Assault by Drive by Shooting. 

This investigation is still ongoing.  If anyone has any information in reference to this incident or the identity of the second suspect is urged to contact the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division at 337-363-2161 or on the department's website  

                           Douglas Fontenot

                             B/M DOB 03/17/1997

                              Ville Platte, La. 70586

As always, Sheriff Charles R. Guillory and the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office is seeking information on criminal activity and urges the public to contact their Investigation Department via phone at 337-363-2161 or through the agency's website at  Any person reporting information will remain anonymous. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.

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