Stolen guns recovered, arrests made during homicide investigation

A multi-agency operation involving the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office, Natchitoches Police Department, Louisiana State Police, Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office and Central Louisiana Violent Crimes Abatement Team (VCAT) simultaneously executed five search and arrest warrants during the early morning hours of March 21 in the Bailey Heights and Fairgrounds Road areas of Natchitoches according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Stuart Wright.
This resulted in the arrests of two Natchitoches men, three Natchitoches juveniles and the seizure of firearms, ammunition, narcotics and other items.
The operation focused on person or persons identified as potential persons of interest or suspects involved in the November 26, 2022 homicide by shooting of Rodjay J. Stackhouse, 19, of Natchitoches and another individual that suffered non-life threatening gunshot wounds.
On Saturday evening, November 26, 2022 at approximately 10:39 pm, Natchitoches Police responded to NATCOM 911 Center reports of “shots fired” in the area of Grace and Berry Avenues in Natchitoches.
Responding units arrived on scene finding one person lying on the edge of the road on Berry Avenue suffering from a life threatening gunshot wound and learned that another victim suffering from a gunshot wound had been transported by private vehicle to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
The scene was taped off and secured by Natchitoches Police.
Soon after securing the crime scene, Natchitoches Police requested the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office investigate the shooting to protect the integrity of the investigation because one of the victims was related to NPD employees.
The shooting resulted in the death of 19-year-old Rodjay Jaheim Stackhouse of Natchitoches.
Stackhouse was pronounced dead at the scene by Natchitoches Parish Assistant Coroner Steven Clanton.
The body was transported to Shreveport for an autopsy.
A 20-year-old Natchitoches man suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound was treated at Natchitoches Regional Medical Center.
Five detectives assigned to the NPSO Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene.
NPSO Detectives were briefed and learned that suspects involved in the shooting fled the scene.
Detectives spent most of the night processing the crime scene, photographing and collecting evidence and speaking with possible witnesses and residents in the area.
Detectives say multiple empty bullet casings were collected at the crime scene, however, no motive for the shooting has been established at this time.
The investigation continued by NPSO.
Detectives interviewed potential witnesses, reviewed forensic evidence and submitted evidence to the Northwest Louisiana Crime Lab for analysis.
Detectives also consulted with Natchitoches Parish District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington.
As a result, detectives obtained sufficient evidence and probable cause to secure criminal arrest warrants signed by a 10th Judicial District Court Judge on several individuals that were identified as being at the scene during the shooting.
Detectives then began to plan an operation to locate, arrest and execute search warrants at their residences which were believed to be heavily armed with firearms and ammunition.
A team of Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies, Natchitoches Police, Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force Agents, Louisiana State Police, ATF, Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Central Louisiana VCAT began executing the arrest and search warrants simultaneously early Tuesday morning, March 21, 2023.
As a result of the search warrants, NPSO Detectives seized 10-firearms, 9 were reported stolen in vehicle or residential burglaries in the City and Parish of Natchitoches. Weapons seized were an AK-47, semi automatic high caliber rifles, semi-automatic handguns ranging from 9mm-.40 caliber, shotguns and US Currency.
Also seized were hundreds of rounds of various caliber ammunition, drum magazines that could hold over 50 rounds of ammunition, ¾ pound of suspected marijuana, drug paraphernalia and suspected methamphetamine.
Detectives arrested:
* Three Natchitoches Juveniles, ranging in ages of 15, 16, and 17 charged with Possession of CDS Schedule I Marijuana with Intent to Distribute and Illegal Carrying and Discharging of a Firearm in the City of Natchitoches
* Carnelius Daniels, 20 of Natchitoches, transported and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Illegal Carrying and Discharging of a Firearm in the City of Natchitoches and Failure to Report a Gunshot Wound.
* Larry D. Pye, 47 of Natchitoches, transported and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Illegal Possession of a Firearm by a Person Convicted of a Felony, Possession of CDS Schedule II Methamphetamine-2nd or Subsequent Offense and Contributing to the Delinquency of Juveniles.
Both Pye and Daniels remain in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.
Detectives say most of the stolen firearms were recovered from the juvenile offenders.
Detectives say the investigation is active and ongoing. Some facts known in the investigation cannot be released at this time to protect the integrity of the investigation.
Sheriff Stuart Wright wants to thank the public that have called and provided tips to assist in the investigation as we attempt to identify all suspects involved in gun violence that resulted in the senseless murder of Rodjay Stackhouse.
If you have any information that can assist detectives in this investigation, please contact the NPSO Criminal Investigations Division at 357-7830 or Natchitoches Crime Stoppers at 318-238-2388. You may be eligible for a reward. Crime Stoppers is not a law enforcement agency.
Sheriff Wright wishes to thank NPSO Deputies, Natchitoches Police Department, the Louisiana State Police, ATF, Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office and Central Louisiana VCAT in the apprehension of these suspects and recovery of this firearms by removing them off the streets.