Arrest made in fatal shooting stemming from drug transaction on Melon Court

Arrest made in fatal shooting stemming from drug transaction on Melon Court

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A man has been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting that happened on Melon Court on Saturday, September 8.

The Baton Rouge Police Department reported Calvin Ricks Jr., 28, is charged in the shooting death of Jyrish Turner, 25. Police believe Turner’s death was the result of a narcotics transaction.

Calvin Ricks Jr., 28
Calvin Ricks Jr., 28 (EBRSO)

BRPD said officers were investigating a shooting in the 7000 block of Melon Court near the intersection of Greenwell Springs Road and Airline Highway on Saturday. The next day, police identified the victim as Turner, who died at the scene from an apparent gunshot wound.

Ricks was also shot, police added. They said he managed to drive off and was located in the 7100 block of Greenwell Springs Road. He was taken to the hospital and was arrested upon his release.

A second person was injured in the shooting and fled to a gas station.
A second person was injured in the shooting and fled to a gas station. (WAFB)

Ricks was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of first-degree murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, possession with the intent to distribute heroin, and possession of a firearm with controlled dangerous substances.

His bond is set at $790,000.

The investigation is ongoing.

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