Officials: Man wanted for attempted murder in Eunice has lengthy criminal record

Local

Officials are looking for 41-year-old Billy Thomas after an early-morning shooting left one man injured.

According to police, the shooting happened right before 3 p.m. Friday morning on the 400 block of East Vine Ave. in Eunice.

Eunice Police Chief Randy Fontenot and St. Landry Parish District Attorney Earl Taylor say Thomas has an extensive criminal record.

“Attempted second degree murder, domestic abuse battery and home invasion, attempted second degree murder,” said Fontenot, describing some of Thomas’ violent charges.

False representation with intent to distribute crack cocaine and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon are among the many other arrests he’s faced.

According to the DA, Thomas has either been found guilty or pleaded guilty to at least 11 of the long list of charges he’s faced, which date back to 1997.

Although many of his charges have been for non-violent crimes, Taylor says this type of criminal history can lead to violent offenses. “It would be surprising to me if this [Friday’s shooting] wasn’t drug-related in some way. Either as a result of a buy that went bad, or as a result of the fact that he was high at the time that he did this,” Taylor said. 

Fontenot said he’s tired of continuously seeing Thomas in and out of the criminal justice system only to continue committing crimes.

“What I’d like to see happen is this man go to prison for a very long time. Maybe long enough to compensate for all the times he was released for his criminal activity,” the chief said. “At least stay in there until he’s too old to want to be involved or be able to be involved in this kind of activity.”

Anyone with information on Thomas should call EPD or Crime Stoppers. Anyone who calls in has the option to remain anonymous, (337) 948-8477.
Also, Fontenot said he stresses that Thomas should be considered armed and dangerous.

If you see him, do not approach him, instead call your local law enforcement agency.

For more stories like this that matter to you, click here to download the News 10 app for free.

Watch live newscasts, get breaking news and sign up for push alerts – download now

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Overcast

Abbeville

58°F Overcast Feels like 58°
Wind
6 mph SE
Humidity
67%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Light rain early...then remaining cloudy with thundershowers developing overnight. Low 51F. SE winds shifting to SW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70%.
50°F Light rain early...then remaining cloudy with thundershowers developing overnight. Low 51F. SE winds shifting to SW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70%.
Wind
6 mph E
Precip
40%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waxing Crescent
Overcast

Crowley

56°F Overcast Feels like 56°
Wind
5 mph SSW
Humidity
76%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Rain this evening with thunderstorms by morning. Low 51F. SE winds shifting to SW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
50°F Rain this evening with thunderstorms by morning. Low 51F. SE winds shifting to SW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
Wind
6 mph E
Precip
40%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waxing Crescent
Overcast

Opelousas

59°F Overcast Feels like 59°
Wind
7 mph SSE
Humidity
69%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Light rain early...then remaining cloudy with showers overnight. Thunder possible. Low 53F. Winds SE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
50°F Light rain early...then remaining cloudy with showers overnight. Thunder possible. Low 53F. Winds SE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
Wind
6 mph E
Precip
40%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waxing Crescent
Overcast

Breaux Bridge

59°F Overcast Feels like 59°
Wind
7 mph SSE
Humidity
69%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Rain showers in the evening with thunderstorms developing overnight. Low 54F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
50°F Rain showers in the evening with thunderstorms developing overnight. Low 54F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
Wind
6 mph E
Precip
40%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waxing Crescent
Broken Clouds

New Iberia

60°F Broken Clouds Feels like 60°
Wind
8 mph S
Humidity
78%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Cloudy with showers. Low around 45F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 40%.
52°F Cloudy with showers. Low around 45F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 40%.
Wind
4 mph E
Precip
60%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waxing Crescent

Local News

More Local

Sidebar

Trending Stories