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Investigation reveals gunman in deputy shooting was not McMullen

Chadwick Schwender (Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office) Chadwick Schwender (Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office)
James McMullen, Jennifer McGhee, Chadwick Schwender (Source: APSO) James McMullen, Jennifer McGhee, Chadwick Schwender (Source: APSO)
Deputy James Atkins (Source: APSO) Deputy James Atkins (Source: APSO)
DONALDSONVILLE, LA (WAFB) -

Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office deputies have identified all three suspects involved in the shooting of Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office Deputy James Atkins that happened Tuesday. The investigation revealed John Wesley McMullen, 35, was not the shooter as originally thought. A male passenger in the vehicle, 27-year-old Chadwick Schwender has been identified as the shooter.

At around 3 p.m. Deputy Atkins conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that matched the description of a vehicle that was occupied by two men and a woman who stole ammunition from Wal-Mart in Donaldsonville earlier in the day on Tuesday.

When Deputy Atkins stopped the vehicle, the passenger of the vehicle opened fire on him.

According to Chief Bacala, three rounds were fired toward Deputy Atkins. One hitting his sheriff's office cruiser, and another struck Deputy Atkins in the hand. Deputy Atkins ran to at a nearby house where the resident called 911.

Deputy Atkins was rushed to a local hospital where he was released on Wednesday, January 21 and is expected to make a full recovery.

The two accomplices, a man and a woman, were arrested shortly after the shooting after trying to drive away, but crashing their vehicle. They were later identified as 27-year-old Jennifer McGhee and 27-year-old Chadwick Schwender. They attempted to break into a house by kicking in the door and forcing the homeowner to give up the keys to the vehicle. Deputies recovered the stolen vehicle in a ditch and McGhee and Schwender were arrested on scene.

A manhunt immediately took place for John Wesley McMullen, 35. He was found and arrested around 7:30 p.m. hiding in a shed in a field in Donaldsonville.

Louisiana State Police, Assumption Parish Sheriff's deputies, Elayn Hunt K-9 units, and other investigators assisted APSO in the search.

As the investigation continued, it was learned that Schwender was the shooter who fired at Deputy Atkins.

Chadwick Schwender, 27, of  Orlando, Florida, was arrested and charged with attempted first-degree murder, flight from an officer, theft of good under $500, armed robbery, aggravated burglary with a weapon, aggravated assault with a firearm, illegal use of weapons, possession of a firearm by convicted felon, home invasion, and illegal possession of stolen things over $1,500.

Jennifer McGhee, 27, no known address, was arrested and charged with attempted first-degree murder, flight from an officer, theft of goods under $500, armed robbery, aggravated burglary with a weapon, aggravated assault with a firearm, illegal use of weapons, possession of firearm by convicted felon, home invasion, and illegal possession of stolen things over $1,500.

John Wesley McMullen, 35, no known address, was arrested and charged with attempted first-degree murder, flight from an officer, armed robbery, aggravated burglary with weapon, aggravated assault with a firearm, fugitive from another agency, illegal use of weapons, home invasion, possession of a firearm by convicted felon, theft of goods under $500, and illegal possession of stolen things over $1,500.

McMullen faces charges with Polk County Sheriff's Office in Florida for robbery, kidnapping, arson, and attempted-first degree murder.

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