Suspect arrested for weapons and drug charges

Officer J. Lodrigue, who was working private security on April 11 at 10:30 pm, radioed dispatch to report hearing shots fired in his area. Acting on a vehicle description provided by Officer Lodrigue officers assigned to NPD’s B shift and LA State Police located and stopped the vehicle traveling on highway 3110.

The driver was identified as Devin Heard, 19 of Winnfield. Heard admitted to discharging his weapon and upon searching the vehicle officers found the gun as well as suspected marijuana.

During the investigation it was also discovered the weapon in question had been reported stolen in Winn Parish.

Devin Heard was charged with illegal discharge of a firearm, illegal possession of a firearm in the presence of CDS, illegal possession of a stolen firearm, possession of marijuana, and no driver’s license. He was placed in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.

Chief Dove commends NPD officers by saying, “Even while working off-duty jobs, our officers are ever vigilant and committed to addressing this dangerous activity.”

This investigation is ongoing and the Natchitoches Police Department is urging any citizen with information to please contact the Natchitoches Police Department directly at (318) 352-8101. All calls shall be kept confidential.

Anonymous Tips By Smartphone:

You may also provide tips that will be anonymous via our Tipsoft Product. Simply send the tip by using your smartphones (download free application) or by texting (Text-A-Tip) to CRIMES (274637). Use NPDTIPS before typing your message. You can also submit a Web Tip from our Police Protection page.  Check it out: http://www.smscrimetips.com/