Ferriday police charge man with attempted murder

Published 9:31 am Friday, June 1, 2007

A Ferriday man was arrested on charges of attempted murder Thursday night after allegedly shooting a man in both feet.

Ferriday Police arrested Kitress Morease Williams, 41, 321 Eighth St., on charges of attempted second-degree murder, aggravated assault with a firearm, possession of a firearm by convicted felon, discharging a firearm within city limits and illegal use of a weapon.

The call came in to the Ferriday Police Department at about 6:20 p.m. that there was a shooting on Maryland Avenue, Chief Richard Madison said.

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When police arrived, they found a man, Tyrone Anderson of 215 Sixth St., had been shot several times. Anderson was transported to Riverland Medical Center, where he was being treated Thursday night, Madison said.

A Riverland employee said Anderson was stable Thursday night.

A witness said the shooting was connected with an altercation several days ago between Williams’ nephew and Ferriday resident Shawn Melanson, Madison said.

“Witnesses said Williams confronted Melanson at the location of the shooting,” Madison said. “They said he slapped Melanson. Anderson tried to intervene. Williams pulled a pistol and fired several rounds, striking Anderson. He was shot in both feet.”

Williams was held at the Ferriday Police Department and was scheduled to be transported to the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office Thursday evening, Madison said.

In an unrelated incident, a Ferriday teen was arrested Monday on charges of attempted murder for allegedly shooting a man who stepped in to intervene during an altercation. Madison said he could not speculate what motivated either shooting.

“I would be a billionaire if I knew what motivated them,” he said.

Madison said his officers would continue to patrol and be visible in the community.

“We’re asking citizens to be cautious, and if they know of a situation involving a weapon, to contact the mayor or the police department,” Madison said.