Authorities in Calcasieu Parish Arrest Suspect in Connection with May 24 Shooting at Park in Lake Charles

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By Asher Wolfe
Published May 26, 2023

Authorities in Calcasieu Parish Arrest Suspect in Connection with May 24 Shooting at Park in Lake Charles

Lake Charles, Louisiana – Authorities in Calcasieu Parish have arrested a suspect in connection with the shooting at a park in Lake Charles on May 24.

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office (CPSO) stated on May 26, 2023, that on May 24 deputies were summoned to the 2400 block of 4th Avenue, near a park, in Lake Charles, Louisiana, in relation to a shooting, where the victim, Markell B. Jackson, 18, Lake Charles, Louisiana, was later pronounced deceased.

During the investigation, CPSO detectives issued a warrant for Demontoriyuana E. Charles, 18, of Lake Charles, Louisiana, which was signed by Judge Ronald Ware.

CPSO Violent Crimes detectives, with the assistance of the US Marshals Service, discovered Charles early this morning, May 26, after he reportedly consented to surrender to authorities in Lafayette, Louisiana. He was captured and sent to the Calcasieu Correctional Center, where he was booked on his warrant. He is charged with second-degree murder, aggravated criminal property damage, and illegal use of a weapon. His bond has been set at $680,000.

According to the CPSO, the investigation is ongoing, and further arrests are likely.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes investigators are asking anyone with information on this case to call 337-491-3605. Authorities also indicated that you can submit a tip and upload photographs and videos anonymously using the CloseWatch Calcasieu app.

The principal investigator in this case is CPSO Detective Michelle Robinson.

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged. All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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