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Local Man Dies From Gun Shot Wound Sustained In Local Park

May 08, 2019 02:55PM ● By Staff Writer

On May 7, 2019 at approximately 11:16 pm Lafayette Police responded to shots fired at St. Anthony Park on Edison St. in Lafayette where they located one victim suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injury.

The victim has been identified as 54-year-old Michael Thomas (B/M) of Lafayette. The investigation revealed the suspects as 13-year-old juvenile (B/M) and a 16-year-old juvenile (B/M). Both were located at their residence following the shooting and placed under arrest for 2nd Degree Murder and booked into the Lafayette Juvenile Detention Center. Additional charges for the 13-year-old male include Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Possession of a firearm by a Juvenile and Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number. The 16-year-old male additional charges included Possession of Schedule II and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

In recent months, the 13-year old juvenile suspect was detained by Lafayette Police officer’s in reference to several curfew violations within the city limits. Additional charges as it pertains to the violation of a status offense law will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for review against the custodian responsible for the juvenile. The investigation remains ongoing.