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3 in custody after man found shot to death in driveway

Barry Lee Diggs (Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office) Barry Lee Diggs (Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office)
Dana Milano Dana Milano
Louis Topham Louis Topham

Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office detectives have arrested three people in connection with a deadly St. Amant shooting that happened Friday night.

During the investigation, deputies believe the victim Fred Martin, Jr., 37, of Ascension Parish and Barry Lee Diggs, 57, of New Orleans went to the home of Dana Milano and Louis Topham late Friday night. Reports say they were there only a short time when "Diggs is believed to have shot Martin in the driveway of the home." That is when Diggs ran from the house across the street and ended up on Penny Duplessis Road.

A resident, according to deputies, spotted Diggs walking up and down the road and appeared to be "agitated" as he spoke to someone on the phone. Reports say he eventually made contact with acquaintances and they picked him up and drove him to Baton Rouge.

The resident called the Sheriff's Office to report a suspicious person. A deputy was on his way when he noticed a vehicle in the ditch and Martin dead in the driveway.

When Diggs was found, reports say he was in possession of narcotics. He was immediately placed under arrest on narcotics charges. He has since been charged with first degree murder.

Dana Milano, 45, and Louis Topham, 39, both of St. Amant were arrested and charged with possession of schedule II, possession of paraphernalia, and principle to first-degree murder.

The case is still under investigation and anyone with information is urged to contact the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office at 225-621-INFO (4636) or by sending an anonymous tip to 847411 or to Crime Stoppers at 225-344-STOP (7867).

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