Arrest made in parish shooting

Published 8:22 am Friday, April 29, 2016

A Bogalusa man was arrested Tuesday and charged with attempted murder in connection with a shooting in the Enon community.

Leigh Edward Cutrer, 36, of Spring Valley Road in Bogalusa, was taken into custody and transported to the Washington Parish Jail on the charge of second-degree attempted murder, with bond set at $125,000. Chief Deputy Mike Haley said that Cutrer met the conditions of his bond Wednesday and was released.

Haley said that early Tuesday morning, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies and investigators responded to a shooting that occurred on Highway 437 near Enon. The victim, who had a neck wound, was transported to North Oaks Trauma Center in Hammond where he was treated and released.

The victim gave a description of the truck driven by the person who fired a shotgun at him and identified the driver as Cutrer, Haley said.

Deputies responded to Cutrer’s home and located Cutrer and the vehicle described by the victim.

Haley said that Cutrer admitted he had thrown the shotgun into a wooded area near Knapp Thomas Road and Louisiana Highway 60 while fleeing from the scene of the shooting.  Investigators searched and located the weapon where Cutrer said he disposed of it.

After a day-long investigation into the shooting, investigators obtained a warrant for Cutrer’s arrest and he was transported to jail.

Sheriff Randy Seal complimented deputies on their quick response to the site of the shooting and investigators for sorting out all details of the incident and making an arrest.

“There is never a good ending when any person chooses to discharge a firearm to settle a dispute,” Seal said. “I am grateful the victim was able to be released from the hospital after medical treatment. I encourage all persons to use firearms only in a responsible manner and never as a weapon against another person.”