3rd Ferriday shooting suspect named

Published 12:13am Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Ferriday — Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office personnel are searching for a third suspect outside the parish following a Saturday drug-related shooting.

Warrants were issued Monday for Jatroy Devantae Whitehead, 21, 1341 Twenty Arpent Road, New Iberia, for three counts of attempted second-degree murder, aggravated assault, aggravated burglary and aggravated flight from an officer.

Justin M. Smith, 20, 751 Myrtis St., New Iberia, and Darius D. Keys, 20, 1047 Carmen Road, St. Martinville, were both arrested on the same charges as well as resisting an officer.


CPSO Chief Deputy David Hedrick said the sheriff’s office received a call at 7:21 a.m. Saturday about a shooting on Earl Davis Road.

Whitehead, Smith and Keys went into the residence and entered a bedroom where the 37-year-old male victim, his girlfriend and a baby were lying in a bed. The intruders allegedly shot the male victim in the leg there before he fled outside the residence, and he was reportedly shot three more times in the legs, Hedrick said.

The victim was taken to Riverland Medical Center and treated for four gunshot wounds.

The woman and child were not injured in the shooting.

The attackers then allegedly went back into the residence and stole a television before leaving the area in a gold SUV.

A CPSO deputy saw the vehicle on U.S. 84 west at approximately 7:26 a.m. and pursued the vehicle while other deputies laid out spike strips on Luttrell Road.

The suspects evaded the first set of spike strips and a second set of spike strips laid out by Louisiana State Police troopers near Louisiana 565.

During the pursuit, the driver of the vehicle braked suddenly, and the vehicle skidded into a ditch. Smith and Keys were arrested on the scene, while Whitehead fled across the levee.

Deputies recovered various items from the wreck scene, including a duffle bag containing seven hollow-point bullets. No weapons were recovered.

Concordia Parish Sheriff Kenneth Hedrick said his office is working with various state and federal agencies to locate Whitehead.

“We’re diligently pursuing this suspect, and the investigation is certainly ongoing,” he said.

The sheriff said he believes the shooting is drug-related based on interviews with the suspect, adding further details cannot be released.

Smith and Keys were detained without bond Monday evening.