UPDATE: Man accused of killing Bernice woman is being extradited back to Union Parish

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UPDATE: BERNICE, La. (1/7/2020) — The man accused of shooting his girlfriend in the head in December is heading back to Union Parish to face a Second Degree Murder charge.

According to officials, 25-year-old Sean Johnson waived extradition back to Union Parish from Texarkana, Texas where he was arrested on December 30, 2019.

Johnson’s bond now stands at $1 million.


UPDATE: BERNICE, La. (1/2/2020) — The suspect in the shooting death of a Bernice woman is now being charged with Second Degree Murder, an upgrade from the original charge of Negligent Homicide.

The upgrade in charges comes as 25-year-old Sean Johnson still sits in a Texarkana jail, awaiting extradition back to Union Parish where he faces the Second Degree Murder charge along with another charge of being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Union Parish Sheriff Dusty Gates has stated that the extradition proceedings will begin today.

Continue reading to see the full press release from the Union Parish Sheriff’s Office.

The Bernice man who is accused of shooting his girlfriend in the head Is now charged with second-degree murder, upgraded from the original charge of negligent homicide.

Sean Johnson, 25, is still incarcerated in Texarkana, Texas where he apparently fled after the Saturday night shooting. Union Parish Sheriff Dusty Gates said extradition proceedings will begin today to bring Johnson back to face local charges. He also is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Johnson’s total bond now stands at $1 million, which was set by Third Judicial District Court Judge Bruce Hampton.

Gates said that two detectives tried to interview Johnson, but he refused and asked to talk with a lawyer. The silver 2008 Chevrolet Impala, in which Johnson was sitting with his girlfriend, Sharmaine Brown, also 25, when the shooting occurred, is now in the possession of the sheriff’s department.

Gates said Texarkana authorities found Johnson trying to hide inside a cabinet in an apartment building in that city. The apartment was occupied by a former girlfriend, detectives reported.

Gates said detectives pieced together information showing that Brown was shot in the head while the couple was sitting in the back seat of the Impala. The incident occurred in the parking lot of the apartment complex where the couple resided.

The sheriff said Brown’s body was left in the parking lot and that Johnson fled in the vehicle.

Witnesses in the area told investigators they didn’t hear the couple arguing so they don’t know what led to the shooting nor do they know specifically the type gun used.

Brown was carried to Reeves Memorial Hospital in Bernice where she was pronounced dead. Her body has been sent to Little Rock for an autopsy.

Gates said warrants were issued for Johnson’s arrest originally charging him with negligent homicide and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Detectives are continuing their investigation with the help of Bernice police. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 318-368-3124.


UPDATE: BERNICE, La. (12/30/19) — The suspect wanted in connection to the shooting death of a Bernice woman has been arrested.

According to police, 25-year-old Sean Johnson was captured earlier this afternoon by the Texarkana Police Department and is being held in the Bi-State Jail.

Johnson is awaiting extradition back to Union Parish where he will face one count of Negligent Homicide and one count of Felon in Possession of a Firearm. His bond will be set at $500,000.

Continue reading to see the full press release concerning Johnson’s arrest.

Two Union Parish sheriff’s detectives were en route Monday afternoon to Texarkana, Texas, to interview Sean Johnson, a Bernice man who is accused of shooting his girlfriend in the head late Saturday night.

Sheriff Dusty Gates said Texarkana authorities found Johnson, 25, trying to hide inside a cabinet in an apartment building in that city. Other information about the arrest was not immediately available.

Gates said detectives pieced together information showing that Sharmaine Brown, also 25, of Bernice, was shot in the head while the couple was sitting in the back seat of a silver 2008 Chevrolet Impala. The incident occurred in the parking lot of the apartment complex where the couple resided.

The sheriff said Brown’s body was left in the parking lot and that Johnson fled in the vehicle.

Witnesses in the area told investigators they didn’t hear the couple arguing so they don’t know what led to the shooting nor do they know specifically the type gun used.

“We hope to get answers later today when detectives interview him,” Gates said.

Brown was carried to Reeves Memorial Hospital in Bernice where she was pronounced dead. Her body has been sent to Little Rock for an autopsy.

Gates said warrants were issued for Johnson’s arrest charging him with negligent homicide and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Third Judicial District Court Judge Bruce Hampton has set total bail at $500,000.

The sheriff said detectives are continuing their investigation with the help of Bernice police. Anyone with information about Johnson’s whereabouts should contact the sheriff’s office at 318-368-3124.


ORIGINAL: BERNICE, LA (12/29/19) — The Union Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in searching for the suspect involved in homicide of a Bernice woman. More information can be found in the Union Parish Sheriff’s Press Release:

Union Parish sheriff’s deputies are searching for 25-year-old Sean Johnson who is accused of shooting his girlfriend in the head late Saturday night.

Sheriff Dusty Gates said Sharmaine Brown, also 25, of Bernice, said the shooting occurred at an apartment complex in Bernice where the couple resided. He said the two were sitting in the back of a silver 2008 Chevrolet Impala when the incident occurred.

“She either fell out or somehow got out of the vehicle and he (Johnson) fled in the vehicle,” Gates said.

The sheriff said witnesses in the area didn’t hear the couple arguing so detectives don’t know what led to the shooting nor do they know specifically the type gun used.

Brown was carried to Reeves Memorial Hospital in Bernice where she was pronounced dead. Her body has been sent to Little Rock for an autopsy.

Gates said warrants were issued for Johnson’s arrest charging him with negligent homicide and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Third Judicial District Court Judge Bruce Hampton has set total bail at $500,000.

The sheriff said detectives are continuing their investigation with the help of Bernice police. Anyone with information about Johnson’s whereabouts should contact the sheriff’s office at 318-368-3124

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