BPD: Arrest warrants issued for August 2021 murder suspect

Published 9:33 am Wednesday, September 14, 2022

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It has taken more than 13 months, but Bogalusa Police Department detectives have now obtained arrest warrants in the senseless 2021 murder of Typolia Peters Jr., according to BPD Maj. Wendell O’Berry.

On the morning of Aug. 8, 2021, Peters was gunned down outside of his apartment in the Lumberton Cove, formerly Highland Park, apartment complex. Detectives quickly had suspects in the case, but witnesses would not cooperate and go on the record identifying the shooter, O’Berry said.

“But the detectives never let the case go cold, and continued working it until a cooperating witness was found, and a positive identification was made,” he said.

Arrest warrants have been obtained for Broderick Chatmon Jr., a 21-year-old Bogalusa resident who was identified as the shooter.

O’Berry said that Chatmon was a suspect early in the investigation, but a cooperating witness was needed. He is currently in jail in Harris County, Texas, on weapons charges, O’Berry said. He will eventually be extradited to Bogalusa to face a murder charge.

Warrants obtained by detectives include first-degree murder, aggravated criminal damage to property, illegal use of a dangerous weapon, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Police are still searching for witnesses to come forward to identify the person(s) who drove Chatmon from the scene of the shooting, O’Berry said.

“We thank the brave citizen who finally came forward with enough information to arrest Chatmon. And we commend our detectives for their tireless efforts to solve this case,” he said. “This is a reminder of what happens when citizens work with police to stop the bloodshed in our city. We sincerely hope that this will encourage more citizens to come forward to assist in other unsolved cases that we are actively working. We know other families are still hurting and seeking answers in these cases. And we will never stop seeking justice for them.”

O’Berry said more information will be released when Chatmon is officially extradited and charged.