CAMPTI-Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Detectives and Campti Police are actively investigating a homicide in the Town of Campti according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Stuart Wright.

On Wednesday morning, September 1, at approximately 10:17am, Deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol Bureau responded to NATCOM 911 Center reports of a death in the 100 block of Lake Street in Campti, La.

The caller, reportedly a landlord contacted NATCOM reporting they discovered a tenant deceased inside a rental travel trailer.

Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS and Natchitoches Parish Deputy Asst. Coroner Steven Clanton also responded to the scene.

Deputies say upon their arrival and entering the travel trailer they discovered a deceased male lying on the floor identified as 56-year-old Rickey Lane Caskey of Campti, La. suffering from what appeared to be an apparent single-gunshot wound to the body.

Caskey was pronounced dead on the scene by the Natchitoches Parish Coroner’s Office.

Detectives assigned to the NPSO Criminal Investigations Bureau responded to process the crime scene which included collecting evidence and taking photographs.

The crime scene was taped off for several hours while the scene was being processed.

Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Stuart Wright and District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington responded to the scene.

Detectives are investigating and looking into the possibility that the shooting death may be the result of a shots fired call made to NATCOM 911, Tuesday evening, August 31, 2021 at approximately 11:29pm in the areas of Lake Street, Marshall Street and Pasture Road in Campti.

Deputies responded to the shots fired calls but were unable to locate any suspicious activity reportedly at that time.

Detectives say while processing the crime scene, they discovered a bullet hole in the side of the trailer that penetrated the wall and traveled through the interior of the small travel trailer striking Caskey while he was believed to be in a standing position.

The body is being sent for an autopsy.

On Wednesday, detectives worked throughout the day interviewing potential witnesses, and asking the public for any assistance that could lead to an arrest in this senseless murder due to gun violence according to Sheriff Wright.

Our investigators are working tirelessly in an effort to arrest the individual or individuals involved in the murder of Mr. Caskey.”

We extend our condolences to the Caskey family and friends.

If you have any information, please contact the NPSO Criminal Investigations Division at 357-7830.