A two-week investigation by Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Detectives has led to the arrest of a Natchitoches woman on Attempted Murder charges in connection with the alleged ploy to murder her husband at a hunting lease in north Natchitoches Parish according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The investigation began on Christmas Eve December 24, 2019 at approximately 1:22pm, when Deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol Division responded to 911 reports of a shooting on La. Hwy 480 near Bubba Ridley Road north of Campti, La.
Deputies arrived on the scene within 6 minutes, discovering a female identified as 54-year-old Angelique (Angel) E. LaCaze of Natchitoches suffering from a gunshot wound to the hip area. A male identified as 53-year-old Mickey LaCaze her husband was standing over the victim rendering first aid stating she is trying to kill me.”
Natchitoches Parish Regional Medical Center EMS, Life Air and Detectives assigned to the NPSO Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene.
Angelique LaCaze was airlifted from the scene to Ochsner LSU Health Medical Center for treatment of the gunshot wound in critical but stable condition.
Detectives with the assistance of patrol deputies photographed and processed the crime scene in addition to collecting physical evidence at the scene.
An offense report was completed.
As the investigation progressed, detectives learned that Mr. LaCaze went to his hunting lease off of La. Hwy 480 during the afternoon of December 24, 2019. Detectives further learned that while LaCaze was attempting to retrieve his all-terrain vehicle from an undisclosed area a female positively identified as Angelique LaCaze exited the woods and began firing a semi-automatic handgun at him while sitting on the ATV.
Mr. LaCaze exited the ATV and ran towards his vehicle while Mrs. LaCaze was still firing the handgun at him.
Mr. LaCaze was able to arm himself with a handgun and continued running out towards La. Hwy 480 where Mrs. LaCaze fired at him again. He allegedly yelled to her to drop the gun in which she failed to do and he fired one round striking her in the hip area.
The investigation continued while Mrs. LaCaze remained in Oschner LSU Health, Shreveport receiving treatment.
Detectives obtained sufficient evidence and probable cause to suspect that Mrs. LaCaze was allegedly attempting to murder her husband which led to a criminal warrant signed by a Tenth Judicial District Court Judge for her arrest on Attempted 2nd Degree Murder charges according to Chief Investigator Greg Dunn.
Mrs. LaCaze was later transferred to a Baton Rouge facility for treatment where she was undergoing further treatment on Tuesday January 8, NPSO Detectives learned LaCaze had checked out of the facility.
Later Tuesday evening at approximately 10:00pm, NPSO Deputies received a tip that Mrs. LaCaze was shopping in Natchitoches store.
Deputies arrested LaCaze without incident.
Angelique (Angel) E. LaCaze, 54, of the 100 block of Posey Road, Natchitoches was transported and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with 1-Count of Attempted Second Degree Murder.
LaCaze remains in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.
Detectives say the LaCaze’s were separated at the time of the shooting.
Detective Darrell Winder was assisted by the NPSO Patrol Division, Detectives with the NPSO Criminal Investigations Division and Natchitoches Parish District Attorney’s Office in the investigation.
If you have any additional information contact Detective Winder at 318-357-7830.
NPSO: Press Release 01-08-2020