An investigation by the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal
Investigations Division led to the arrest of a Natchitoches man Dec.
26 at 8:15 pm in connection with the shooting death of a Montgomery
man and shooting of another according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff
Victor Jones Jr.
After several hours of processing the crime scene, analyzing evidence,
interviewing the suspect and witnesses, and consulting with
Natchitoches Parish District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington, Sheriff’s
Detectives arrested Johnathan Rogers Jr., 21 of the 200 block of
Independence Drive in Natchitoches. He was charged with 1-count of
Manslaughter in the shooting death of Michael R. Burks, and 1-count of
Aggravated Second Degree Battery in the shooting of Marquise Holmes.
Rogers was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center where
he currently remains without bond.
NPSO Patrol Division deputies responded to reports of shots fired on
Dec. 26 at 1:56 am in the 100 block of Cherie Loop in Payne
Sub-Division off of La. Hwy 6 East in the Grand Ecore area near
Deputies arrived on scene, discovering two males suffering from
gunshot wounds, one deceased, the other in serious condition lying in
the yard of a residence.
Michael R. Burks, 22 of Montgomery, was pronounced dead at the scene
by Nachitoches Parish Asst. Coroner Steven Clanton.
Marquise Holmes, 21 of Montgomery, was transported from the scene to
Natchitoches Regional Medical Center and later transferred to Rapides
Regional Medical Center with serious injuries.
According to Chief Investigator Greg Dunn, several detectives with
assistance from the Natchitoches Parish District Attorney’s Office
spent several hours determining the facts in this case which led to
The shooting was the result of an altercation between the suspect, the
deceased, and the gunshot victim.
Sheriff Victor Jones said the investigation into the shooting is
continuing and other arrests are possible as it progresses forward.
Involved in the investigation and arrest were: Detectives assigned to
the NPSO Criminal Investigations Division, NPSO Patrol Division,
Natchitoches Parish Coroner’s Office and Natchitoches Parish District
If you have any information please contact Detective Jared Kilpatrick,
NPSO Criminal Investigations Division at 318.357.7830