BPD: 4 arrested after shooting incident
Published 12:10 pm Wednesday, April 17, 2019
The Bogalusa Police Department made four arrests Tuesday in connection with a shooting incident, according to BPD Assistant Chief Percy Knight.
Knight said that on Tuesday at 4:24 p.m., the BPD received a call about the occupants in two different vehicles firing handguns at each other on East Sixth Street. Upon arrival of the officers, the vehicles had left the area.
“Witnesses stated that they observed a black car driven by a subject known as Justin Mark,” Knight said. “Witnesses stated that Mark fired multiple rounds from a handgun at another vehicle while a passenger in Mark’s vehicle had a firearm in his hand. Witnesses stated that the occupants in the other vehicle returned fire at Mark’s vehicle.”
While officers were searching for the vehicles involved, Mark’s vehicle was observed traveling on New Orleans Street, Knight said. A traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle and officers made contact with the driver and two other occupants.
Knight said that the vehicle was driven by Yamarai Brumfield and the two occupants were identified as Shamar Berry and Kenyate Harrington. Mark was not observed in the vehicle, Knight said.
“Officers asked the driver for permission to search the trunk of the vehicle to which he granted and he opened the trunk,” he said. “Officers observed Justin Mark hiding in the trunk behind a speaker box. Mark was escorted from the vehicle and placed under arrest.
“Located in the trunk where Mark was hiding was two baggies of suspected marijuana, a digital scale and a fully loaded .40 caliber magazine for a handgun. When officers searched Mark, six rounds of .40 ammunition was located in his clothing.”
For officers’ safety, the remaining occupants were requested to exit the vehicle, pat frisked for weapons and detained due to the likelihood of a firearm still inside of the vehicle, Knight said. During the search of the vehicle, officers located 79 unspent .40 caliber bullets and 20 unspent 9mm bullets. In the front console area, two fully loaded handguns were located, Knight said.
At this time, Brumfield, Berry and Harrington were placed under arrest.
“All four suspects were transported to the Bogalusa City Jail for booking,” Knight said. “Upon arrival at the Bogalusa City Jail, officers located a clear baggie of suspected cocaine in the police car where Mark was seated.”
- Justin J. Mark, 17, of Bogalusa was booked on the charges of Assault by a Drive by Shooting, Illegal use of Weapons or Dangerous Instruments, Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, Illegal Carrying of Weapons while in Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Obstruction of Justice, Resisting an Officer and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
- Yamarai A. Brumfield, 23, of Bogalusa was booked on the charges of Illegal Carrying of a Weapon while in the Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Accessory After the Fact of a Drive by Shooting and Possession or Carrying of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon.
- Kenyate R. Harrington Jr., 17, of Bogalusa was booked on the charges of Illegal Carrying of a Weapon while in the Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance and Accessory After the Fact of a Drive by Shooting.
- Shamar T. Berry, 17, of Bogalusa was booked on the charges of Illegal Carrying of a Weapon while in the Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance and Accessory After the Fact of a Drive by Shooting.
Knight noted that the other vehicle that was involved in this incident was not initially located, but the investigation is still on going at this time.