Three suspects arrested in connection with Natchez drive-by shooting



Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies arrested three people in connection with a drive-by shooting in Natchez Feb. 19 at 12:21 am, according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.

NPSO Patrol Division deputies responded to reports of a drive-by shooting in the 200 block of Hwy. 119 near Sowell Street in Natchez.

Deputies spoke with the complainant who informed them that a white Ford pickup truck passed his residence and fired a shot. The vehicle then traveled down the street, turned around and fired another shot towards him as it returned, passing his residence.

NPSO 911 Dispatch Center issued a BOLO (Be on the Lookout) for the suspect vehicle.

As additional NPSO units were responding to the area, they observed the suspect vehicle a white 2007 Ford pickup truck parked near a business on Hwy. 1 in Natchitoches.

Deputies identified four occupants of the vehicle:

Antoria Shakell Forest, 24 of Natchez
Demario Dewayne Braxton, 20 of Natchez
Kyara Monshanay Claiborne, 21 of Natchitoches
Unidentified female not involved in the shooting

While interviewing the subjects deputies collected and seized evidence directly implicating Forest, Braxton and Claiborne in the drive-by shooting. All three were placed under arrest.

During a pat-down of Claiborne, deputies discovered a DB .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun and ammunition on her person. During a search of Braxton, deputies discovered a small bag of suspected marijuana on his person.

All three suspects were transported to the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center, interviewed, and charged with:

*Forest: charged with 1-count of Aggravated Assault by Drive-By Shooting. Bond was set at $50,000.

*Claiborne: charged with 1-count of Illegal Carrying of Weapons. Claiborne was released pending her court appearance.

*Braxton: charged with 1-count of Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Assault by Drive-By Shooting and 1-count of Possession of CDS I Marijuana. Bond was set at $55,000.

Deputies say they learned the drive-by shooting was in retaliation to an earlier disagreement between the complainant and Forest who has been allegedly identified as the shooter while Braxton instructed, drove the vehicle to the scene and fled after the shots were fired. There were no reported injuries.

Involved in the investigation and arrests were: Lt. S. LaCaze, Sgt. C.Dunn, and Deputy D. Caballero. The case will be turned over to the Natchitoches District Attorney’s Office for review and prosecution.



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