BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Baton Rouge Police Department has made an arrest in connection with a fatal shooting on Swan Avenue that happened on September 22.
Police have arrested Wilfred Celestine, 22, in connection with the shooting death of Jaquincy Ross, 18. Police say the Louisiana State Police Task Force played a vital role in the arrest.
Celestine was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of second degree murder and convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
According to the probable cause report from the Baton Rouge Police Department, an officer was on a routine patrol on September 22 around 6 p.m. when they found Ross dead under a large oak tree in the 800 block of Swan Avenue. BRPD detectives spoke to several witnesses on the scene, who said the shooting happened there at the apartment complex.
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Investigators say Ross, who lived at the complex, had burglarized another apartment earlier in the day. Witnesses say the owner of the burglarized apartment came home and confronted Ross about breaking in. Witnesses went on to say the homeowner had another man with him, whom they described as a black male with dark skin in his early 20s.
The occupants of the burglarized apartment were questioned by police. They say they came home around 5:30 p.m. and discovered the apartment had been broken into and that a PS4, some games, and other smaller items were missing. They say they were told by neighbors Ross was the one who had broken in. They also confirmed Celestine was with them.
Police say the homeowner told them he knows Ross liked to steal from people and went to confront him about it. He said Celestine was with him when he went to confront Ross, who was standing outside with his girlfriend. He goes on to say he told Ross to return his property and that they went inside to get their things. They reportedly found the stolen items inside, and once they realized this, Ross ran away. Celestine then reportedly chased him. The other resident of the burglarized apartment was reportedly still with the girlfriend when they heard gunshots.
Witnesses report that after several minutes, Celestine came back and they all left together. Celestine reportedly stated he “hit” Ross and that he’d shot Ross because he was angry.
Police say witnesses were able to identify Celestine by name and provided an accurate physical description of him. They were also able to pick him out of a photographic lineup. The witnesses also say they told Celestine they could not be with him anymore and dropped him off, then returned to the apartment complex.