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Four more arrests made in connection with fatal Denham Springs shooting

Brennan Bellard, Rebecca Dugas, Shane Gaudin, and Kathleen Wingert (Source: LPSO) Brennan Bellard, Rebecca Dugas, Shane Gaudin, and Kathleen Wingert (Source: LPSO)
Daniel Roberts (Source: LPSO) Daniel Roberts (Source: LPSO)
Cary Cedotal, 29 (Source: LPSO) Cary Cedotal, 29 (Source: LPSO)
The fatal shooting happened on Wednesday, May 8, 2018. (Source: WAFB) The fatal shooting happened on Wednesday, May 8, 2018. (Source: WAFB)
DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) -

UPDATE

More arrests have been made in connection to a fatal shooting in Denham Springs that happened on Wednesday, May 9.

Those arrested are:

  • Brennan Bellard Jr., 34, of Livingston
    • Possession of drug paraphernalia
    • Resisting an officer
    • Monetary instrument abuse
    • Simple escape/aggravated escape
  • Rebecca Dugas, 34, of Denham Springs
    • Possession with the intent to distribute schedule II narcotics
    • Possession of drug paraphernalia
    • Possession of marijuana
    • Monetary instrument abuse
    • Possession of schedule II narcotics
  • Shane Gaudin, 23, of Gonzales
    • Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
    • Fugitive
    • Parole violation
  • Kathleen Wingert of Denham Springs (bonded out Thursday, May 10)
    • Obstruction of justice

"My detectives have worked nonstop looking at every angle. These new arrests are the result of that hard work. Here's what I can tell you. Through investigation, we believe an ongoing argument between the victim and Roberts escalated yesterday morning. That argument ended with Roberts pulling the trigger and ultimately ending the victim’s life. While following the evidence, detectives learned a member of Roberts’ family knowingly helped him avoid capture for hours. While searching the crime scene and searching for Roberts, fake money, drugs, and guns were seized. Not everyone wanted to cooperate. Some attempted to flee. Hard work, long hours, and yet these veteran detectives gave and continue to give 110 percent. I’m grateful to them and to those of you helping us keep an eye on crime in Livingston Parish. We consider you part of our team," said Sheriff Jason Ard.

The investigation continues. Anyone with information on the case should contact LPSO at 225-686-2241 x1 or call Crime Stoppers at 225-344-7867.

ORIGINAL STORY

Two suspects are in custody after a fatal shooting in Denham Springs that happened Wednesday morning.

The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office reported it happened on Chickasaw Avenue in Eastover Estates in Denham Springs just before 6 a.m. on Wednesday, May 9.

"At this time, I can confirm that an adult male was shot," said Sheriff Jason Ard. "He was transported to a local hospital where he later died."

The victim has been identified as Billy Forrest of Denham Springs. 

Investigators arrested Cary Cedotal, 29, sometime Wednesday afternoon. He is charged with the following:

  • Possession of schedule II narcotics (2 counts)
  • Possession of marijuana
  • Monetary instrument abuse
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
  • Obstruction of justice

And later in the night, detectives arrested Daniel Roberts, 24. Roberts was found on LA Trace Road in French Settlement by LPSO detectives just before 8 p.m. He's facing a second degree murder charge.

"I can tell you that our victim was struck in the abdomen from a bullet fired from a handgun. The motive is still unclear at this point in our investigation," said Sheriff Jason Ard.

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