UPDATE: Victim in fatal shooting in Ruston Wednesday identified

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UPDATE: RUSTON, La. (KTVE/KARD) — Ruston Police say they have identified the victim in Wednesday night’s shooting.

According to police, the victim of Wednesday night’s shooting has been identified as Jeffery Omar Owens, 57, of Ruston.

Police say, on 10/15/2020 at 09:16 PM, the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting that occurred in the 100 block of Barker Drive.

Upon arrival, deputies found Owens deceased in the roadway. An individual, Jimario Brien Arthur, 34, of Ruston, was taken into custody for questioning.

The preliminary investigation revealed Owens and Arthur, relatives, were involved in a verbal argument earlier in the evening.

Arthur eventually returned home but was pursued by a group of individuals, among those was Owens. At this time a physical altercation occurred which resulted in the shooting.

At this point, witnesses’ statements and related evidence indicate Arthur was acting in self-defense, therefore, no arrest warrants have been sought.

The case will be turned over to the Third Judicial District Attorney’s Office for review.

“This is a tragic result of a family argument that went too far,” said Sheriff Stephen Williams. “Both families’ lives have been changed forever because of this incident.”


Ruston, La. (KTVE/KARD) (10/15/20)— One person is dead following a shooting that occurred in Ruston on Wednesday night.  

On 10/14/20, at 9:16 PM, the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Pecan Street in reference to a disturbance.  

While en route, several 911 calls were received indicating a shooting had occurred on Barker Drive.

Upon arrival, deputies observed a male subject deceased in the roadway.  A suspect was taken into custody at the scene without incident.  

This investigation is on-going and additional information will be released as it becomes available.  

Detectives are requesting that anyone with information regarding this incident please contact the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Division at 318-251-5111 or CrimeStoppers of Lincoln Parish.  

CrimeStopper information can be given in several ways; either by calling 318-255-1111, text a tip to “TIP515” plus your message to CRIMES (274637), or submit a tip online at www.rustonlincolncrimestoppers.com

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