Man shot in eye, survives

Published 12:01 am Saturday, May 12, 2018

CLAYTON — A Clayton man was shot in the eye Friday afternoon and airlifted for medical attention, law enforcement officers said.

A man driving a white Chevrolet Silverado with a bullet hole in the windshield and blood dripping down the passenger door sped down Louisiana 425 toward Riverland Medical Center, said Lt. Chris Groh of the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office.

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In his passenger seat was a man Groh identified as Johntrel Powell, who had been shot through the eye.

Powell was airlifted to University Health Shreveport, but Groh said Powell had very likely lost his eye.

Clayton police officers responded to a disturbance call at approximately 1 p.m. Friday on Margaret Circle, Clayton Police Chief Bobby Madison said.

This location, Groh said, is where the shooting occurred.

Officers searched and confiscated the vehicle in which Powell was a passenger and found bullet casings, meaning shots likely originated from inside the vehicle as well, Groh said.

Officers detained the driver, the owner of the residence where the shooting occurred and a man whom, Groh said, threatened witnesses and a law enforcement officer.

Groh said the man had called a law enforcement officer and threatened one of the people who reported being shot at on Margaret Circle.

Then, just minutes after the shooting, the same man called the law enforcement officer back and threatened him, too.

“We have zero tolerance for threats on our deputies,” Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy David Hedrick said. “We will pursue charges to the fullest in regards to this.”

No information on the arrests was available as of 5 p.m. Friday.

Hedrick said he wanted to commend his officers who responded to the incident.

“It’s very tragic,” Hedrick said. “We’re keeping the family in our thoughts and prayers. Any witnesses, please contact Chris Groh with the Concordia Parish Sherriff’s Office.”