Three arrested in Natchez drive by shooting

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Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested three people in connection with a drive-by shooting in Natchez on Monday morning according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Early Monday morning February 19 at approximately 12:21am, Deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol Division responded to reports of a drive-by shooting in the 200 block of La. Hwy 119 near Sowell Street in Natchez, La.

Deputies say upon their arrival, they spoke with the complainant who informed them that a white Ford pickup truck passed his residence and fired a shot. The vehicle then traveled down the street, turned around and fired another shot towards him as it returned passing his residence.

NPSO 911 Dispatch Center issued a BOLO (Be on the Lookout) for the suspect vehicle.

As additional NPSO units were responding to the area, they observed the suspect vehicle a white 2007 Ford pickup truck parked near a business on La. Hwy 1 in Natchitoches, La.

Deputies identified four occupants of the vehicle, 24-year-old Antoria Shakell Forest of Natchez, La., 20-year-old Demario Dewayne Braxton of Natchez, 21-year-old Kyara Monshanay Claiborne, of Natchitoches, La. and another unidentified female not involved in the shooting.

Deputies say while interviewing the subjects they collected and seized evidence directly implicating Forest, Braxton and Claiborne in the drive-by shooting.

All three were placed under arrest.

During a pat-down of Claiborne, deputies discovered a DB .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun and ammunition on her person.

During a search of Braxton, deputies discovered a small bag of suspected marijuana on his person.

All three suspects were transported to the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center, interviewed, and charged with:

*Antoria Forest, of the 200 block of Johnson Loop, Natchez, La. charged with 1-count of Aggravated Assault by Drive-By Shooting.

Bond has been set on Forest by a Tenth Judicial District Court Judge at $50,000 dollars.

*Kyara M. Claiborne, of the 500 block of Myrtle Drive, Natchitoches, La. charged with 1-count of Illegal Carrying of Weapons.

Claiborne has been released pending her court appearance.

*Demario D. Braxton, of the 100 block of Sam Clark Road, Natchez, La. charged with 1-count of Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Assault by Drive-By Shooting and 1-count of Possession of CDS I Marijuana.

Bond has been set on Braxton by a Tenth Judicial District Court Judge at $55,000 dollars.

Deputies say they learned during the investigation the drive-by shooting was in retaliation to an earlier disagreement between the complainant and Forest who has been allegedly identified as the shooter while Braxton instructed, drove the vehicle to the scene and fled after the shots were fired.

There were no reported injuries.

Involved in the investigation and arrests were: Lt. S. LaCaze, Sgt. C.Dunn, and Deputy D. Caballero.

The case will be turned over to the Natchitoches District Attorney’s Office for review and prosecution.

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