Deceased gunshot victim found inside burning Monterey home, juvenile suspect in custody

Published 10:43 am Tuesday, December 27, 2022

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MONTEREY, La. — Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a potential arson and homicide that took place Monday evening in Monterey.

Deputies responded to a suspicious house fire on Louisiana Highway 129 at approximately 6:30 p.m. Monday, when they found a gunshot victim deceased inside the home.

The victim has been identified as 52-year-old Michael Arnold Sr.

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During the preliminary investigation, law enforcement identified the shooting suspect as a juvenile who allegedly wrecked when fleeing the scene. No name has been released because of the age of the suspect.

“The matter remains under investigation and no further details can be released at this time,” the sheriff’s office states in a news release. “Additional information will follow when available.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office at 318-336-5231 or submit a tip using the CPSO mobile app.