Bogalusa man, 23, arrested for attempted murder in Mississippi

Published 3:54 am Saturday, March 23, 2019

A Bogalusa man was one of two suspects arrested Tuesday in connection with a shooting in Bay St. Louis, Miss., according to the Hancock County (Miss.) Sheriff’s Office.

HCSO officials said that both Charles Dufrene, 23, of Bogalusa, and Sadi Armstead, 23, of Bayside Park, Miss., were detained without incident. Each is charged with attempted murder.

According to HCSO officials, deputies responded Tuesday at approximately 8 p.m., to an East Lamar Street residence in Bay St. Louis, in reference to an attempted armed robbery.

Upon arrival at the residence, deputies reportedly found that a 29-year-old male victim, who was visiting, had been shot twice. After rendering aid and requesting medical assistance, deputies began to gather facts of the incident that had occurred.

“Deputies on scene were advised that two male suspects, one of which was armed with an assault-style rifle, entered the residence demanding the whereabouts of a male resident,” said HCSO Chief Deputy Jeremy Skinner. “The residence was occupied by a male and female adult, along with eight children ranging from 3 to 13 years of age. The suspects began to threaten the female, while pointing the rifle at her head.

“Deputies were told that, at that point, the male occupant and husband of the woman stepped in front of the female in an attempt to protect her. It was said that the suspect with the rifle then fired two rounds, striking the victim twice in lower extremities. After the victim was shot, both suspects fled the scene.”

Skinner said that deputies were able to quickly release information about the suspects, and began to canvass the area in search of their vehicle. A short time later, deputies located the vehicle and conducted a stop, which led to the suspects being taken into custody.

Skinner said that the victim was transported to a local hospital, where he was immediately taken into surgery.

“This is an ongoing investigation and additional information may follow,” Skinner said.