THIBODAUX, LA (WAFB) - A 21-year-old man from Thibodaux was arrested for allegedly shooting a man in the leg. Police say the incident happened 13 days after he was released from serving a juvenile life-sentence for an armed robbery conviction.
"Some people fall right back into that pattern of criminal behavior because they choose that particular lifestyle," David Melancon, Thibodaux Police Department, said. "It's very unfortunate, but it happens. They fall back into that pattern not because the system is failing them, but because they're choosing a lifestyle."
Warren Coler was arrested after witnesses identified him as the man responsible for a shooting that happened on Tuesday, Feb. 25.
"Coler, the victim, and a group of mutual friends were in the 600 block of Government Circle at around 7:00 p.m. when Coler got a gun from his vehicle and shot the victim, striking him in the leg," Melancon explained. "A friend took the victim to the hospital. Luckily, they were able to take him as soon as possible and were able to stop the bleeding."
Investigators learned that Coler fled the scene in a vehicle driven by Donald Alex, 20. Warrants were issued and both men were arrested at their homes.
"Alex was arrested for accessory after the fact," Melancon said.
Alex was booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on a $25,000 bond.
Coler is charged with aggravated second-degree battery and simple criminal damage to property. He was booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on a $255,000 bond.
"You can offer programs and assistance to help people make right decisions to become productive in society but at the end of the day it still remains their choice," Melancon added. "That's the beauty of the country we live in – the freedom to choose."