Detectives investigating Bogalusa’s 9th homicide of the year

Published 3:11 pm Wednesday, December 28, 2022

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A disturbance turned deadly in the 1000 block of Lona Rester Place overnight, and detectives are investigating the City’s ninth homicide of the year according to Bogalusa Police Department Maj. Wendell O’Berry.

O’Berry said that police were called to a residence shortly after 12:30 a.m. on the morning Dec. 28, in reference to a disturbance. O’Berry said that minutes after the first call, and shortly before police arrival, the complainant called back and stated that the person had kicked his door in and he had shot him. Police arrived to find Bobby Chance Thomas, 27 years of age, deceased from a single gunshot wound according to O’Berry. The male resident who fired the fatal shot, as well as a female resident, were still on scene and cooperated with police, O’Berry said.

O’Berry said that early indications are that Thomas is a relative of one of the residents, and an argument had taken place earlier. According to O’Berry, Thomas left the home, but returned a short time later and began causing a disturbance outside, prompting police to be called. O’Berry said that Thomas then allegedly kicked in the door of the home and made his way towards the male resident, who told police that he feared for his safety, and he shot Thomas in self defense. A rifle was recovered at the scene according to O’Berry.

O’Berry said that no arrests have been made due to the evidence currently pointing to a justifiable homicide. However, when the investigation is complete, it will be forwarded to District Attorney Warren Montgomery’s office for review, O’Berry said. A Grand Jury review should then follow according to O’Berry said.