Four soldiers arrested after gang-related shooting in Louisiana

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Authorities said four Fort Polk soldiers have been detained following a perceived gang-related drive-by shooting in Beauregard Parish, Louisiana, at the late hours of  Monday.

19-year-old Pfc Quazier T. Watterson, 23-year-old Pfc Trevian J. Cherry, 24-year-old Spc. Joshua D. Galloway VI and 19-year-old Pfc. Tavon M. Williams, were all apprehended and detained after Police said they are involved in a criminal conspiracy to commit attempted armed robbery, aggravated assault with a firearm, illegal use of weapons or other dangerous instrumentalities and aggravated criminal damage to property, according to a statement by the DeRidder Police Department and the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office.

All four soldiers are assigned to 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, at Fort Polk.

At about 11:25 p.m.  Monday, officials responded to a shots fired reports in DeRidder. Arriving officers said no suspected person were at the scene, but eye witnesses were able to give a description of the suspects vehicle, which was discovered afterwards in nearby Leesville, the statement includes.

Police said about five weapons were found in the vehicle, along with shell casings that matched those at the scene.

Authorities are working to determine is the shooting maybe a gang-related one hence another shooting occurred same located on the 11th Sept.

“Detectives believe last night’s shooting is related to the recent activity from the so-called gangs after they arrested two more juveniles in Leesville,” the sheriff’s office and police said.

Earlier this year, Army Times obtained an internal Criminal Investigation Command assessment that found gang activity across the Army is on the decline. The assessment warned, however, that the decline could be a factor of the coronavirus pandemic keeping people indoors.

About 93 Soldiers were identified in 2020 as being linked to gang activity through either a law enforcement report or a criminal intelligence report, according to the annual assessment, which was obtained by Army Times through the Freedom of Information Act.

the four soldiers arrested after a drive-by shooting

All four Fort Polk soldiers are being held without bond at the Vernon Parish Jail as they await extradition to the Beauregard Parish Jail.