Center Police confirm gunfire in connection with Monday arrests

DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office jails four suspects with "fugitive from justice" charges

EDITOR'S NOTE: Light and Champion photos of suspects in handcuffs were taken about 3:30 p.m. Monday on Sampson Street; however, it is not clear whether the individuals in the photos were believed connected to the earlier armed assault on Kindle Street a couple of blocks away. We have had several social media post indicating the men in handcuffs in the photos are in no way connected to the Kindle Street incident; however we have not been able to confirm that.

FROM Center Police Department Press Release:

At approximately 1:40 p.m. Monday, July 29, Center Police Department Officers responded to a call of semi-automatic gun fire in the area of Kindle Street.

Upon arrival Officers witnessed a burgundy Yukon and a blue Chevrolet Lumina car, leaving the scene at a high rate of speed.

One officer pursued the blue car to the area of Netherly St. where 5 black male subjects exited the car and ran into the adjacent wooded area. A later inventory of the car revealed several weapons including a semi-automatic AR-15 assault rifle.

The other officer pursued the burgundy Yukon from the City of Center into Louisiana, where Desoto Parish Deputies took the lead, and were able to lay out spike strips on FM 3015 in Desoto Parish, near the city of Mansfield La.

The four suspects in the Yukon, were arrested without incident, and transported to Desoto Parish jail. An inventory of the Yukon did reveal one semi-automatic Ak-47 assault rifle with 2 magazines.

One victim sustained a wound to the neck as a result of the gunfire.

We urge anyone with any additional information concerning this act of violence to please notify the Center Police Department at (936) 598-2788.

DeSoto Parish

The DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office reported four arrests Monday afternoon in conjunction with the Center incident. A vehicle chase that began in Center and Shelby County going through Joaquin and then Logansport, La., with the burgundy-colored Yukon ended when the tires were flattened by the use of spikes in Louisiana.

Latrina Shawntay Wiggins, 34, faces a charge of aggravated flight from an officer because she allegedly was driving the car that fled from Center into Louisiana. She also is charged as a fugitive from justice from Shelby County.

Others arrested in DeSoto Parish were 33-year-old Howard C. Latin Jr.; 31-year-old Marveze Deon Latin; and 25-year-old Tarrius Denzell White.

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