BPD: Attempted murder was ‘domestic dispute’

Published 6:45 am Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Bogalusa Police Chief Joe Culpepper said Kelzon Clark, the man arrested Thursday and charged with attempted second-degree murder, may have been trying to murder his former girlfriend’s current boyfriend.

Culpepper first began looking for Clark after a March 8 shooting.

“At about 7:44 p.m., we got a call about shots fired and that someone was shot in Sunset Acres,” Culpepper said.

The victim was male, and one of Clark’s shots allegedly ended up hitting the man’s ear. Culpepper assumed the head was the intended target. However, none of the shots was life threatening.

“He was alert at the hospital when the detectives went to interview him,” said Culpepper.

The chief said the apparent belonged to a girl who was an ex-girlfriend of Clark, and he believes the victim is the current boyfriend and the shooting incident was a domestic dispute.

Culpepper said multiple witnesses identified Clark as the shooter, but he left the area.

Last week, with help from the state’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit, Clark was arrested in Jefferson Parish.

Culpepper said he didn’t know how Clark was tracked down.

“I wasn’t involved in that part of it,” Culpepper said.

Clark is now in the Washington Parish jail.