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Sheriff Mike Waguespack reports that on Sunday, March 20, 2014 at approximately 5:30pm, the Assumption Parish Sheriffs Office received a call about shots being fired in the 100 Block of Violet Street in Labadieville. The responding deputies secured the scene and began looking for the suspect, John Paul Washington, age 22. It was learned that he had walked to the victims’ house and fired several shots at the victims who were standing outside near their front door. No one was hit but the bullets struck the doorframe just about their heads. Assumption Parish Criminal Investigation Division Detectives were dispatched to the scene. During the course of the investigation, detectives spoke with witnesses and the victims and later obtained an arrest warrant. It was then that they learned that the suspect was at a Regional Behavioral Health Unit where he was taken into custody.

John Paul Washington, who resides at 205 Violet Street, Labadieville, La, was booked in the Assumption Parish Detention Center yesterday for two counts of 14:27.30.1 – Attempted 2nd Degree Murder, and Failure to Appear for Possession of Marijuana. His bond has been set at $100,839 by the 23rd Judicial District Court and he is still in custody as of the time of this release.


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