UPDATE, 4/27/23, 4 p.m.: Ville Platte Police Chief Al Perry Thomas has announced an arrest has been made in this case, and released the name of the victim.
James “Jimbo” Fontenot of Ville Platte has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of Jawaski Thomas, police said.
Police said Thomas had sustained a single gunshot to his back.
Fontenot was located on Wednesday and arrested by the Ville Platte Police Deptartment with assistance from the Investigation Unit with the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office. Fontenot is currently being held on a $1,500,000 bond, authorities said.
VPPD confirmed with News 10 that an investigation into a homicide is underway after a body was found on East Gen. Beauregard St. in Ville Platte.
Officers came to the scene after a woman called and mentioned her husband was unresponsive.
It is not mentioned what caused the death, and authorities have not released the victim’s name, but News 10 was told it is a black man in his late 40s.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.